Lamai, who is now in her 70's is vastly experienced in using traditional materials to make Northern Thai style bags and accessories. She is also part of a local cooperative that collects fabric offcuts from nearby garment factories and makes use of a traditonal hand loom to transform the "waste" into a colourful and durable fabric. Born and raised in Chiang Mai, Lamai was one of seven children. Her parents made clothes for the children using hand processed and sewn cotton from the family's cotton farm, and as a result, at a young age Lamai learnt to transform silk and cotton using a hand loom. Family is very important to Lamai and she still lives together with her older sister, who although over 90, continues to sew bags made from fabric offcut pieces.