Sam-Kumphaeng Handicrafts Village

Me and my nephews head off to visit the handicrafts village just outside Chiang Mai (well, not so much a village as it is the industrial part of town, where all the factories are).

First up, the Thai Silk Factory…

Here are all the little silkworms (or caterpillars?)IMG_6966 IMG_6979 IMG_6982 IMG_6983

And here’s all the cocoons…


Soaking the cocoons in hot water and spinning them into thread…

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Silk threads dyed lots of different colours…

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More spinning happening

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And then finally weaving on a loom

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And then on to the silver workshop, and the precious stones workshop (but sadly no photos allowed in the gemstone workshop!)

This was the silver workshop where they make Pandora-style silver and glass beads

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Then we saw some awesome wood carving


This craftsman told us it will take him around 4 months to make this, and it costs around $4,000 to buy something like this.

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And they showed us how they do inlaid mother of pearl – it was fascinating!

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Then we learned all about how they make Lacquer – it was also fascinating! I didn’t know that real black lacquer comes from tree sap – like rubber!

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The gold leaf process

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Washing and sanding the lacquered pieces


Applying layer after layer – usually around 7-9 layers are put on

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This guy was decorating the lacquered work with eggshell

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And this lady was carving patterns into the lacquer

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And this lady was painting patterns onto the lacquer

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More gold leafing

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And then we made paper!

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And saw how they make paper umbrellas


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1 thought on “Sam-Kumphaeng Handicrafts Village

  1. My mind keeps getting blown, Every picture is FASCINATING!! Thank you for sharing, I LOVE looking at how things are made! The artistry! So incredible!

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