Following Chiang Mai’s Handicraft Trail
Following Chiang Mai’s
Being the birthplace of Thai handicraft, a visit to the various Chiang Mai galleries and
factories where ordinary daily household and decorative items are crafted, painted
and displayed is a must and Chiang Mai’s San Kamphaeng is the centre of it all.
WHY THIS TOUR?
While the sands of time take pride in taking Chiang Mai into the future, cherished skills and craftsmanship of a local kind still flow in abundance. Aptly called “the Rose of the North”, the gateway to the north dwells on its royal Lanna past, the remains of this bygone era are taken up as one of the pole positions in a line of exploratory variety. Another slot is filled by the region’s unparalleled mastery of Thai-inspired handicraft.
From the meaningful to the decorative, Chiang Mai boasts an extremely thriving industry of umbrella painting workshops, silversmiths, and woodworkers, carving intricate depictions of its rich past. When souvenirs shopping or merely admiring the skills of local masters are on your agenda, we tend to take on all that makes Chiang Mai the unofficial handicraft capital of the country into this 3-hour excursion.
08:30 - 13:30
12:00 - 17:00
Your guide and driver will welcome you with warm “wai” at your hotel lobby before heading out to one of the city’s most handicraft-thriving districts – San Kamphaeng. This is the area where handicrafts are produced, and visitors are always welcome to watch the production. You can watch the full steps of the production of famous Thai handicraft such the famous Thai silk, umbrella making, celadon ceramics and silverware, just to name a few themed workshops. A great variety of artisans and workshops along one long main street where even the most modest shopping and art enthusiast will enjoy wandering around.
We have chosen some of the finest workshops and handicraft factories around to browse, watch, try and buy locally made handicraft. Industries that will pass the revue touch the very heart of the Thai handicraft industry. While silk weaving has long been an outstanding example of Thai culture, the umbrella-making industry has long been a colourful favourite. Visitors can get an up-and-close view of how umbrellas are made as well have the chance to purchase them.
Skilled craftsmen transform teakwood with the help of simple tools into elegant furniture with delicate carvings. Also fascinating to watch is the production of lacquerware where even eggshells are used to achieve unusual designs. For generations, families have mastered and transferred the finer art of the well-known Celadon Ceramics. The art of making these exquisite ceramics is modelled on Sawankhalok pottery, dating back to the Sukhothai period. Then make a stop to observe the intricacies of lacquer-ware and silverware before returning to your hotel.
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