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Bangkok Noi District, Bangkok Province

Polished and Embossed Metal Craft

byMetta Selanon, maker of fine polished and embossed metalware

Mrs Metta Selanon inherited the craft of making these intricate metalware from her mother, updating the art form by developing new designs to keep up with contemporary trends. Objects are typically made from bronze mixed with copper and tin, before being polished to their signature sheen using a rock.

Although the metal-craft process is not a complicated task, it requires expertise, patience, and precision. The craft may no longer be as popular as it once was, but Mrs Metta's passion for it ensures that it continues to be kept alive.

Muang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

Nakhon's Paint-embedded Metal Craft

byNikom Nokaksorn, master craftsman of Nakhon Nielloware

Mr Nikom Nokaksorn, who hails from Nakhon Si Thammarat, is a master craftsman specialising in Nielloware, popularly known as Siam Silver. The craft requires one to be equally adept in metal shaping, carving, blending, and painting; the mark of an artisan's skill lies in the sheen of the silver metallic material, along with the embedded black paint pattern.

Mr Nikom's unique works are the result of his exceptional four-man skills and his determination to hand this knowledge to the next generation.

Warinchumrab District, Ubon Ratchathani Province

Kaab Bua Textile

byMeechai Taesujariya, creator of Kaab Bua textile

Mr Meechai's childhood exposure to the art of fabric-making set in motion a love affair with textiles that continues till today. In 2000, he developed a unique pattern for Ubon Ratchathani called Kaab Bua. This fabric is made using silk threads of various colours, interlaced to form magnificent patterns. Mr Meechai's works incorporate many traditional weaving techniques that reflect Thai's cultural heritage. Kaab Bua textile is now considered a symbol of Ubon Ratchathani.

 

Chonabot District, Khon Kaen Province

Mud Mee Silk

byThongsuk Chantawong, master weaver of Mud Mee silk

Mr Thongsuk Chantawong, a master weaver from Khonkaen province, began learning to weave Mud Mee silk at the tender age of 13. He is renowned for having pioneered several traditional Thai designs, one of which garnered him an award bestowed by Queen Sirikit.

Considered the 'Queen of Thai Silk' by many, among the unique features of this textile is its use of traditional patterns and colours. Mud Mee weaving is intricate and laborious work, and is now considered a declining art form practised to a high level by artisans like Mr Thongsuk.

Long District, Prae Province

Jhok Textile

byPranom Tapaeng, master weaver of Jhok textile

Mrs Pranom mission to preserve the traditional patterns of Long town's Jhok textile started with collecting as many traditional patterns as she could. Jhok textile traditionally employs the weaving style of Long town. The pattern starts from the inside (considered the bad side), and ends on the outward side of the fabric. The challenge was, and remains, how to adapt the craft's traditional patterns to contemporary shifts in tastes while retaining the spirit of the traditional patterns.

Panthong District, Chonburi Province

Goldware

byThamnong Rungsithong, master goldsmith

Mr Thamnong is an undisputed master of traditional goldwork. His skills, honed as much by experience as by his unique talents, showcase the attention to detail that mark his masterpieces. His customised gold pieces blend both traditional and modern patterns, resulting in creatively original pieces.

Mueng District, Chiang Mai Province

Metal-Pressing

byDirek Sittikarn, craftsman of pressed-metalware

Mr Direk comes from a family of metal-pressers, which is the process of creating patterns on a thin, silver sheet using local tools. Like many of the other artisans featured here, Mr Direk's works are a blend of the traditional with modern touches.

Lam Sing District, Chantaburi Province

Mechanical Ring

byMrs. Montha Bhumisak, master goldsmith

Ms Montha is the third-generation practitioner of the family trade in crafting gold jewellery. The Bhumisak clan has been tasked in particular with the production of the mysterious 'mechanical ring', a product of traditional Chantaburi gold craftmanship. The family is now in the process of handing the craft to the fourth generation.

The mechanical ring is designed as four rings bound together, with an animal figure as the center stone. When worn, the four rings take the form of a single ring. The original four-ring design is only visible only when the ring is taken off.

Bang Yai District, Nonthaburi Province

Wan Fah Tray

bySane Jamjirarak, maker of traditional ornamental trays

Mr Sane is a skilled craftsman of exquisite Ta-Loom, Tieb, and Wan Fah trays. These trays are used exclusively for religious or ceremonial purposes, such as handing goods to monks in temples or bearing food in the royal courts. These delicate works of art have long been part of Thai culture.

Wan Fah is a two-layer carrier used to hold things for high-ranking people in church or court. It is also used for various religious ceremonies, such as monkhood initiation and Buddhist ceremonies.

Muang District, Singhaburi Province

Wickerwork

byChumnong Glubthong, maker of fine wickerwork

Despite his experience, Mr Chumnong remains enthusiastic about exploring his craft beyond the textbook standards of conventional Thai patterns, techniques and materials.

One of his unique innovations is weaving delicate Thai patterns into traditional bamboo and rattan palm wickerwork. Using a machine he created, Mr Chumnong also controls the quality of the raw materials, as well as the overall production process.

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