Today we hired a taxi to take us to Bo Sang craft village where they make amazing umbrellas, beautiful silk products, lacquer ware, intricate wood carvings and pottery and much more.
First stop was the silk factory where they demonstrated the process of making silk from the moth
To the worm
To the cocoon
To the silk yarn
And finally the finished fabric
At the umbrella factory we watched as they made the paper for the umbrellas,
and painted them.
They have many painters who not only paint amazing paintings on the umbrellas but they will also paint on your tee shirt, backpack or anything else of your choosing. If only I had a tee shirt with me to get a unique design. They were selling tee shirts but as usual they were designed to fit the Thai body not the large European bodies we have.
We watched as the skilled carvers, cut out intricate designs in wood
And you know the crackle look on lacquer wear…it is actually made using broken up egg shell!
We stopped to buy paper lanterns for the Loy Krathong festival (more about the festival to come).
At the pottery factory we watched as a pot was made on the pottery wheel in under 2 minutes all made to the exact measurements!! They measure everything to make sure they are perfect. Revi loved the pottery from here and would have bought heaps if it wasn't for the lack of space in her bags and the ease in which it would break.
More photos can be found in the photo gallery.