The Gold Hand Print is Khomapastr signature design. The origin of the Gold Hand print design can be traced back to India and dates as far back as the fifteenth century when trade between Thailand and India was at its peak (see permanent collection, India section, Victoria and Albert museum, London and John Guy's Woven Cargoes from South East Asia ). Traditionally used as royal attire for the Thai Royal family and dignitaries, Pa Kiao fabric or Gold printed fabric was in danger of extinction by the Second World War mainly due to the cumbersome process of the traditional production technique which required artists to hand paint the design on the fabric, using natural dyes and gold leaf.
In the 1960s, the national theatre of Thailand, in its attempt to preserve the tradition of the Gold Hand print design, commissioned Khompastr to adapt the design for screen printing, a less arduous production technique, allowing production of larger quantity and speedier delivery time than hand painting. For this project, Khomapastr was further invited by the Fine Arts department to extensively research the national archive. Through this work, the company was able to develop a truly authentic Gold Hand print fabric and remains the only official manufacturer of this stunning design in Thailand.