Thailand’s ‘rule breaker’ challenges school uniform tradition

Bangkok (Reuters) – In Thai classes, it is difficult to show a rebellious or creative streak through what you wear.

The school uniform rules are strict, below is how students’ hair should be cut and what type of socks and shoes they should wear.

But as students across the country retreat to what they call the archaic rule and join the pro-democracy movement, a young clothing designer threw her support colorfully.

Tin Tunsopon has taken plaid skirts and white sailor shirts for girls and clean shirts for boys and white shirts for boys and has blown them up in exaggerated versions with huge collar and sleeve ruffles made of shoelaces.

The 23-year-old Tin told Reuters, “By remodeling these uniforms and giving them different designs … people can see that we should no longer associate with the (traditional) uniform.”

कपड़ों The clothing line, named Rule Breakers’, was launched in June with the Vakol lounger brand, with a large bow with a long bow skirt with prices ranging from $ 100 to top end of $ 475.

Tin said they are “designed for modern day girls who are not afraid to express themselves and move forward with confidence”.

“Uniforms do away with traditional forms, though still look the same … I want to support children to be as creative as they can be,” Tin said

Tin named his label ‘Post-Thesis’, a node for his graduate project at Bangkok University, where he investigated the purpose of uniforms and how they could be changed.

The rebel movement through Thai high schools has been labeled a “bad student” by its leaders. Students are wearing white ribbons, cut their hair in public and salute the “Hunger Games” to shake up the country’s rigid education system.

Writing by Ed Davis; Editing by Jane Wardell


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