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Power Exclusive:
Master Handicrafts

By 9 August 2019 No Comments

If you have a knack for Thai local wisdom and age-old handicrafts, created from local wisdom passed on from generation to generation, King Power has brought together master handicrafts for travellers to browse and buy. Doi Silver is a leading silver brand based on local wisdom from four generations ago. The brand is now famous both in Thailand and overseas. Pong Sri Nakorn Celadon is a celadon brand that depicts Thainess exquisitely. SUNTREE is a brand of hand-woven textiles from Sukhothai, in an original style from Thai-Puan tribe in Hadsaew Village, with more than 200 years of history. Palanging Cloth features hand-woven textiles created by local artisans at Sri Yala Batik in Yala province. These are a few examples of Thai handicrafts supported by King Power Thai Power project.

Doi Silver and Pong Sri Nakorn Celadon will be available at King Power Duty Free soon. SUNTREE and Palanging Cloth are available at King Power Suvarnabhumi Airport. Next time you travel, don’t forget to come shop at King Power Suvarnabhumi Airport.

These master handicrafts are a few examples of Thai handicrafts supported by King Power Thai Power project

Doi Silver Factory is a leading centre for craftsmen who have learned their craft-making through generations, with a concept of “Nan silver life”. Local wisdom from Nan province is presented through exquisite silver products, made with local wisdom which has been passed on for four generations, and the present owner is Somchai Rungrachatavanich. 

Doi Silver Factory has more than 70 years of experience and employs more than 200 skilled artisans. Today, it is a leading producer of silver for both local and international customers. It has become known as one of the best sources of silver in Thailand, and the Doi Silver brand is one of Nan province’s top OTOP brands today. Its business results in employment for hundreds of locals in Nan province. 

Pong Sri Nakorn Celadon is celadon brand by Ponglak Suwanmalee, from the 6th batch of Local Wisdom Teachers in industry and handicraft, who has more than 40 years of experience in celadon. Celadon comes in various forms — cups, jars, and bowls, glazed in the jade green celadon colour. The green colour is a result of wood ashes, combined with the surface soil collected from rice paddies. Celadon is made in  ancient-style Turiang kilns. The marks on celadon come from the shrinking and stretching during the firing process.

Pong Sri Nakorn Celadon uses local wisdom and adds gold to create more value, resulting in exquisite products that are microwave-safe and dishwasher-friendly. The weight is also lighter while still retaining all the original properties.

“SUNTREE” is a hand-woven textile brand from Sukhothai, using original styles from Thai Puan Tribe who moved from Laos to Hadsaew Village about 200 years ago. The products are designed for everyday use. Its famous products are teen jok textiles which require a lot of weaving skills and can take months to complete. “SUNTREE” also has a learning centre for the general public to learn about weaving and designing, in order to keep the tradition of Thai Puan textile alive.

Palanging Cloth features hand-woven textiles created by local artisans at Sri Yala Batik in Yala province. It is led by Piya Suwannapruek, a Craftsman Teacher of 2017 in textile category (palanging cloth) who has more than a decade of experience in creation of palanging cloth.

Palanging cloth is hand-woven and its patterns are made on wooden blocks. This type of cloth is popular among those in the Deep South of Thailand, such as in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwas provinces. The designs reflect the local traditions, beliefs, and ways of life. The wooden blocks are inspired by local architecture and motifs. Different colours are used to create depth and dimension on the designs.  

In the past, Muslim women in this area would make their hijab from palanging cloth, or use it to make clothes, while men would wear it around their waist. Due to a shortage of supplies, palanging cloth faded from the community for about 80 years, before being restored about a decade ago, with Piya as a main supporter. He tries to bring back palanging cloth in the Deep South, and now it has become known as a unique product of Yala province.