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Handmade lacquerware from Thailand

History Lacquer has been employed in China since at least the Neolithic period. The intricate techniques for making lacquerware are thought to also have originated in China. These techniques were applied to craft and decorate a variety of objects, ranging … Continue reading

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Buddhist Lent, or Khao Phansa

As the monsoon rains descend over the kingdom of Thailand, it marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent, or “Phansa”, during which all Buddhist monks retreat to the temples. This is also an auspicious time for Buddhist ordinations as it … Continue reading

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King Mangrai of Lan Na

The founder of the Lan Na Kingdom of Chiang Mai, Phya Mangrai, was born on October 23, 1239, by the banks of the Mekong River at Chiang Saen. Mangrai was of noble blood. His father was the ruler of the … Continue reading

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Handmade silver jewelry and silverware from Thailand

Formerly introduced in Thailand by the Indian traders, the original techniques of silver ware and jewelry making have slowly evolved through the influences of various periods of art. Particularly in Northern Thailand – a cultural melting pot for over 1,000 … Continue reading

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