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Thai Crafts in Bangkok – A Reflection on Creativity
Bangkok is a city famous for its eclectic characteristics and contradicting lifestyles. Embedded firmly in the future, it still retains vestiges of grandeur from its past. Renowned for the shopping, leisure and architectural landmarks, this metropolitan is a free spirited paradise for the fun loving traveler.
A beloved tradition that has been passed down through generations that is as inventive and elaborate as the city itself is the Thai crafts. Proof of the Thai people’s ingenuity and creativity is clearly seen within these exquisitely produced handicrafts. The term ‘chang sip mu’ – which means ten categories of craftsmen – is used to refer to these arts and crafts. These categories are modeling, painting, lacquering, and carving on soft objects, carving on hard objects, plastering, lathing, casting, padding and sculpting. One of the most sought after items of these crafts from amid the masks, stone sculptures, inlay work and lacquering is probably celadon. It’s something like stoneware but with a cracked, glazed outer layer. Producing the most intricate and difficult crafts such as Mother of Peal inlaying with consummate ease, they have also mastered the art of the Khon Mask – which requires a great deal of skill and practice to create.
These ethereal designs can be bought at various places all over Bangkok. But the Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Suan Lum Night Bazaar are good destinations which offer a variety of these crafts. For more of the exclusive handicrafts items, the River City Shopping Complex and MBK mall as well as the Narayana Phand Pavilion offers a good collection.
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