Who are the makers?

The people  who make our beautiful Teak spoons and spatulas  are the villagers of Baan Lek Nam Pai Yai. This small village is located in the North of Thailand, on the hills that are the beginnings of the Himalayas.

Thirty years ago the villagers were nomadic, moving from one spot to another, cutting and burning the forests, farming on the cleared land and hunting in the surrounding forest, then moving on once the land could not sustain crops and repeating the process. The people were poor, with young people moving to the cities to work, often in demeaning jobs and the land was degraded, with recurring floods and droughts.

Queen Sirikit on visiting the area resolved to do something about it and set up the pilot project. Army rangers and other people with expertise were sent to show the villagers how to grow organic crops, live sustainably in one place and to restore the surrounding environment. Funding for lathes and other tools was provided and skilled wood turners were sent to teach the people how to make the different utensils. 

Villagers receive funding to replant hillsides, as well as to farm organically, and to re use and re purpose Teak from old furniture, housing, building sites.

 

Buying from the Village

We buy direct from them. They inform us the price and that is what we pay. . 

 

Who is helped? 

You help people like Khun Wittisuk, who is able to stay in the village and care for his aged parents, and not have to stay in Bangkok, far from them, driving taxis 12 hours a day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krajood

Our gorgeous Krajood bags are made in the South of Thailand in PhanangTung in Phattalung Province. They are made from Grey Sedge or Saltmarsh Bulrush. Krajood in Thai.  Krajood grows in the marshes and is often regarded as a weed because it grows so profusely but for the last 200 years the villagers have been harvesting, rolling, drying and weaving the Krajood to make bags, mats, fans and other items for their homes and lives.

They bag and the woven fabrics used are completely natural although at the end they have a lacquer spread on them to keep the bags strong and able to retain its shape. The process of making them is a community wide operation, each bag is made by hand with various people involved in the process, some harvest, some roll, some dry, some weave.

The sale of the bags has enable the villagers to stay together as a community, passing on skills and traditions that are over 200 years old

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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  Here are some of the people who make our products, it is a clip from RSUTV a Thai TV channel documentary.