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Appreciate crafts of the locals through workshops


Jan 07, 2020

Appreciate crafts of the locals through workshops

Jan 07, 2020

While visiting the wonderful attractions to be found in Thailand’s provinces, check out some of the many fascinating workshops and get insights into the diverse handicrafts from which locals make a living. You will be able to have a go at making something yourself, to take home as a unique souvenir of your visit! 

Dhanabadee Ceramic, Lampang

The ceramic bowls with a colourful chicken pattern have for long been Lampang’s iconic product, and are well-known items both locally and abroad. If you want to find out about the production process and learn the history of these products that have been successful for generations, just visit Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum. A guided tour tells the story of how Dhanabadee’s ceramic production began and how the family workshops developed into Lampang’s first ceramic factory. Visitors can view a demonstration of the original ceramic production process and a display of the old kilns.

There is also a showroom for the company’s many impressive modern designs, for sale at  reasonable prices. If viewing the museum gives you an itch for creating your very own pattern on a piece of ceramic, you can join a workshop and take your creation home as a souvenir. (Prices are subject to the type of ceramic)

Admission fee: Bt 50

Open every day 9am – 5pm

Phra Bhat Rd, Amphoe Muang, Tel. 054-351-099 ext. 103

Making Batik, Krabi

Koh Klang is a district in Krabi city, but situated on a small island. It is at once a place to enjoy water activities such as sea kayaking, and also a community tourism attraction where you can experience the locals’ way of life. Visitors are frequently amazed that such a tiny island is home to so much local wisdom.

One of the activities visitors can participate in is getting to know the island’s renowned batik clothing products, which are on sale at a shop run by a group of housewives from Klong Prasong community. Behind the shop are community workshops where pieces of white cotton cloth, with patterns already drawn on them, wait to be dyed.

    Koh Klang batik uses methods quite similar to those used in making Indonesian batik designs. Patterns are painted on the cloth with molten wax before hand-dyeing. After the dye is dry another pattern is applied and it is then dyed again in saline-solution before boiling it to remove the wax. The villagers of Koh Klang have adapted the original technique to produce their colourful batik cloth.

Batik Products, Klong Prasong Group, Tel. 08-9875-0697  
 

Rose Garden (Suan Samphran), Nakhon Pathom

Rose Garden might be one of the very few private establishments that have managed to keep to their original selling point - the traditional Thai way of life - for decades. Rose Garden, or Samphran Riverside, is both a resort and a tourist destination that presents Thainess in every aspect; a Thai village, agriculture, cultural shows, Thai cuisine, Thai herb gardens, fabric weaving, pottery making, garland making, herbal compress making and Thai elephants at work. For city dwellers, these are rare sights and Rose Garden is especially busy at weekends as Thais come to get back in touch with their cultural roots.

 

     Rose Garden also plays host to groups of school children on field trips or foreign study groups that come to learn about Thai culture and agriculture, especially organic farming which is Rose Garden’s focus. At present, it has an organic orchard and vegetable farm on the Ta Chine River. The resort also organises Sookjai Farmers’ Market, which serves as a means to bring organic farmers in Sampran Model network together with consumers.

Km 32 Pet Kasem Road, Tambom Sampran, Amphoe Sampran 

Tel. 034-322-588 to 93, https://www.facebook.com/SuanSampran.Thailand 

Ban Bang Sadet Court Doll Centre, Ang Thong 

The making of court dolls is a craft that is a Thai heritage dating back to the reign of King Rama V and Ban Bang Sadet community is the only village where the craft of court dolls has been preserved.

It all began with a big flood that caused hardship to the Ban Bang Sadet community in 1975. A visit to the community by Queen Sirikit led to a royal initiative to revive the court doll craft so that the villagers could learn to make them for sale, both as a way to make a living and at the same time promote tourism to their community. Among the many traditional crafts in Thailand, the craft of court doll making was chosen because of the high quality of the clay available at Ban Bang Sadet. Following the royal initiative, a teacher from Pohchang Academy of Arts was sent there to pass on the craft to the Ban Bang Sadet villagers.

Four decades later, the characteristic clay dolls, in various postures that reflect joy and liveliness, are still popular with visitors and are regarded as outstanding products that tell stories of the way of life, costumes, traditions and culture. Visitors are also welcome to get hands-on experience in sculpting and painting the clay dolls.

 Situated inside Wat Tha Sutthawat, Tambon Bang Sadet, Amphoe Pa mok, Ang Thong

Open every day, Tel. 035-868317, 06-1494-0538

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