Young weavers battle it out on reality show

Eleven teams of undergraduate students will showcase their skills in weaving design for the reality competition show Sacict War Craft, which will kick off this Saturday from 4.30pm to 5pm on Amarin TV 34 channel.

(Photo courtesy of Sacict)

Held for the first time by the Sustainable Arts and Crafts Institute of Thailand (formerly, the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand, or Sacict), the reality show is a platform for the young generation with a passion in Thai arts and crafts to turn their designs into real creations to vie for a trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and cash prizes worth 300,000 baht.

Sacict had earlier called for entries for this reality craft show and received designs in three categories -- fashion, home use and decoration, and innovation -- from around 40 teams from across the country.

Only 11 teams from such institutions as Silpakorn, Kasetsart and Srinakharinwirot universities and King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang were selected to further develop their designs in the first and second episodes of the show and only five of them will pass to the third episode.

They will compete under the guidance of three high-profile celebrities who will serve as mentors sharing their ideas and expertise, including designer and creative director Polpat "Moo" Asavaprapha, a key opinion leader who is influential in the fashion industry; actress Sujira "Nui" Aroonpipat, who has studied clothing and apparel design; and Korakot Aromdee, owner of the Korakot bamboo handicraft brand that features a wide range of innovative bamboo handicrafts based on traditional kite-making techniques.

The audience will also get some inspiration in Thai craftsmanship from experts in handicraft products who will pass on their knowledge and experience to all contestants while helping them create real products out of their designs.

Produced by JSL Global Media with TV celebrity Sanya "Doo" Khunakorn as host, Sacict War Craft has a total of eight episodes and broadcasts every Saturday at 4.30pm until Sept 25. Reruns are available for viewing on Sacict's official website, Facebook: Sacict and YouTube: JSLGlobalMedia.

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