Phat Tangmo

 “Sawasdee kha, my name is Phat but everyone calls me Tangmo. I was born on August 8th, 1988 and grew up with my elder brother in a close and warm family. My father was a programmer in Bangkok but after working there for quite a few years he moved back to stay with us in Chiang Mai to help my mother run her jewelry shop.

Phat Tangmo © Phat Tangmo

Phat Tangmo © Phat Tangmo

“I grew up in an environment of beauty created by my mother. From my youngest days I would like to do whatever my mother was doing so I would try to follow her and make jewelry whenever I could. By the age of seven I had started creating some pieces on my own and my mother gave me a little corner in her shop to display my work. It turned out that customers liked them, giving me compliments and buying them. This was great fun for a young kid like me so I created more pieces, but what really made me happy was that I could be around my mother.

Carnelian and tiger eye necklace, 'Solar Eruption' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Carnelian and tiger eye necklace, ‘Solar Eruption’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“When I think of this I smile. I was so proud of my mother because she could make so much beautiful jewelry and sell it both locally and overseas and earn enough money to support the whole family. She would go to jewelry fairs in other countries as part of her work.

“It may have been my early involvement with jewelry work that lead me to like and focus on other creative activities such as music and singing, which seemed to fit very well with creating jewelry. At school and university I liked the arts and humanities and studied Japanese and English. I am a cheerful and talkative person so learning and speaking other languages made me happy.

Garnet earrings, 'Scarlet Elegance' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Garnet earrings, ‘Scarlet Elegance’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“After graduating from university, I helped my parents in their jewelry business for one year. I had created quite a lot of pieces and it was during this time I was able to travel to other countries with my parents when they visited trade shows. This experience of a wider world gave me confidence to pursue my future career.

Amethyst and black agate necklace, 'Lilac Song' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Amethyst and black agate necklace, ‘Lilac Song’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“My first job was as an organizer for an entertainment company but the company was not so successful so I moved to another job working for a song business. Both jobs, though similar in what was required, involved skills that were totally different from what I had studied so it was a big challenge. However, I feel happier working as a PR person in the song business and I enjoy meeting new people and dealing with events that take place in a big city like Bangkok. It’s lucky I like my work because I always do my best at things I enjoy.

Turquoise, lapis lazuli and agate bracelet, 'Blue Bouquet' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Turquoise, lapis lazuli and agate bracelet, ‘Blue Bouquet’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“Even though I no longer make Jewelry full time, I still love to do it to relax in the evenings and during weekends. The inspiration for my designs comes from my imagination and the beauty of things around me. I grew up in Chiang Mai, a city full of charm. Chiang Mai is such a center for art and culture. The beauty of its people and surrounding nature is expressed in its handicrafts and many other things.

Jade necklace, 'Green Oracle' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Jade necklace, ‘Green Oracle’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I love playing music, dancing, dressing in local northern Thai costume and speaking the local dialect and many other things. I am so lucky to be around so many attractive elements that I can absorb, adapt and express in my jewelry designs, which change according to my emotions. Even though the pieces are never the same, I am proud of them.

“When I see someone appreciate my jewelry, I have feelings like the day I graduated, when everyone in my family gave me big smiles. I wish I could have the chance to say hello to every one of you personally and thank you for browsing my work, for your support and friendship. I hope these little pieces of jewelry reflect our art and culture with a local touch that brings you many great feelings.

Tiger eye earrings, 'Golden Lights' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Tiger eye earrings, ‘Golden Lights’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“Thank you Ezistock me the opportunity to display my work and link me to you.”

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Innop Wonga-Nut

“I have to thank my brother and sisters who supported me and made it possible for me to get into the world of art and do what I love. My parents were able to put us all through higher education but they saw no future in my studying art as they could not see how it could provide the means of my support.

Innop Wonga Nut © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Innop Wonga Nut © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“It was fortunate that my father was a government official as he became sick when I was around three years old and had to resign. He passed away when I was 16, leaving my mother the task of raising six children, of which I was the youngest.

“My mother had to do all kinds of agricultural work to feed us so it was fortunate that my brothers and sisters could get free schooling because my father worked for the government. One became a lawyer, another a policemen (sadly, he died in 2006) and the others dropped out of higher education to engage in business. It was only with their support that I was able to study art.

Acrylic on canvas, 'The Way of Serenity' © Innop Wonga Nut

Acrylic on canvas, ‘The Way of Serenity’ © Innop Wonga Nut

“My name is Innop Wonga-Nut; my nickname is Nop. I was born in 1975, the youngest of my parent’s six children, and grew up in a village in Yasothon Province. As a boy, I loved village life. I was happy exploring my surroundings, absorbing its beauty and appreciating the tranquil pace of rural life.

“Buddhism played a major roll. I would watch my parents involving themselves in activities at the temple and would go with them when they went to rituals and ceremonies. I would always enjoy playing in the temple compound if I wasn’t participating in the rituals.

Acrylic on canvas, 'Serenity' © Innop Wonga Nut

Acrylic on canvas, ‘Serenity’ © Innop Wonga Nut

“When I was young, I always enjoyed painting and drawing and got good grades for this in school. When I was 10 years old I made a wooden house sign showing the number 20 and painted a few buffaloes in a rice field on it. During a recent visit to my home, I found it again; it took me right back to my childhood.

“After finishing high school, I went to Bangkok stay with one of my brothers who took care of me and paid for me to study art. He also had a passion for art but didn’t have the chance to take it further. During visits to my home, my mother and relatives would tease me about studying art. They couldn’t see how I could support myself with it.

Acrylic on canvas, 'Flowers field' © Innop Wonga Nut

Acrylic on canvas, ‘Flowers field’ © Innop Wonga Nut

“After three years at Phochang Art College in Bangkok, I worked as an art teacher in a private school for a year and a half but I didn’t really like it and quit.

“When one of my friends studying fine arts at Chiang Mai University invited me to work with him on an art related project in Chiang Mai, I fell in love with the city and never wanted to leave. Enrolling to study for a bachelor’s degree in art at the Chiang Mai Institute of Technology was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned much about art, made many new friends and was immersed in an environment that I have loved ever since.

Acrylic on canvas, 'Serenity and Warmth' © Innop Wonga Nutv

Acrylic on canvas, ‘Serenity and Warmth’ © Innop Wonga Nut

“After graduation, I got a job with a few other friends painting murals in a temple in Nan province. We spent four months in that temple and were happy that we successfully completed our first job. Since then I have focused on my creative work and have shown it at a number of exhibitions.

“I live according to Buddhist principles, which help us leads lives filled with happiness. Remaining calm helps keep my mind clear so that I can be creative in my art works. My success is that I can do what I love. Thank you to everyone who browses my work. I hope it can give you feelings of happiness too.”

Acrylic on canvas, 'Loy Krathong' © Innop Wonga Nut

Acrylic on canvas, ‘Loy Krathong’ © Innop Wonga Nut

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Tae Thongsri

“Even though I love teaching, I realized that after doing it for 20 years I was not going anywhere. I guess this would probably have happened working for anyone else and I was more than ready to resign in 2012 and start doing what I really wanted for myself. I don’t know how well it will work out but I don’t really mind because I know I will feel fulfilled doing what I love best.

Tae Thongsri © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Tae Thongsri © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“My full name is Sukanya Thongsri but people call me Tae. I was born in Phitsanuloke Province on September 26, 1968. My parents are farmers but during their free time they always did extra work that brought income to the family, whether it was tailoring or selling food at temple fairs.

Linen and cotton blouse, 'Heaven Palace' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton blouse, ‘Heaven Palace’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“When I was growing up I would watch my mother and my grandparents making clothes. My mother only did it when there was no work in the fields but it was my grandparents’ profession even though they too had to work in the fields to feed all seven children in the family.

“My grandfather was a good tailor and he had a small shop in the village, which was deep in the country—most of the customers were villagers. He taught all his skills to my mother, who took to it naturally, perhaps because she was the first of the children and had had to drop out of education after primary school.

Cotton tunic, 'Divine Daisy' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton tunic, ‘Divine Daisy’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“My grandfather also taught me. The sewing machine he used since around 1950 was passed on to my mother when he died and now it belongs to me. Even though I have a new one, I still like to use it as it gives me a warm feeling of strength and support.

“I liked to watch what my grandfather and my mother were doing when they made clothes and l liked to touch everything. I started out by making clothes for my doll but then I began to make clothes for myself and have been doing so ever since.

Linen and cotton blouse, 'Lisu Peach' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton blouse, ‘Lisu Peach’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I married in 2011. We don’t have any children yet but I look forward to becoming a mother and having the opportunity to pass my skills on. Just having a child around would be wonderful so it wouldn’t really matter if he or she liked sewing or not.

“After graduating in 1991, I came to Chiang Mai and began teaching English at a technical college. During my free time I made clothes and also began to make jewelry as a hobby. My friends seemed to like what I did so they would ask me to create new designs and make them. One of my friends who worked for an export company suggested I do it as a business and she helped me market the things I made.

Linen and cotton tunic, 'Tribal Navy' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton tunic, ‘Tribal Navy’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I resigned from my teaching job in 2012 and started to make clothes and jewelry full time. Though I can do all the stages of production—whether designing, cutting patterns, sewing and finishing—by myself, once I started to have sales I had to hire people to help me. I am lucky to live in Chiang Mai where many skilled people live.

“I am also lucky to know the Ezistock team, who have shown me the real meaning of support in helping me create pieces that I hope make women look beautiful and feel confident by looking different.

Cotton top, 'Tribal Princess' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton top, ‘Tribal Princess’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“Thank you for browsing my work through I will be very happy if you like it.”

Linen and cotton blouse, 'Strawberry Passion' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton blouse, ‘Strawberry Passion’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

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Nui Lalita

“Things might have been much better had I more education. I might not have to struggle so hard for my family. This is why I want to support my children’s future education as far as I am able. ”

Nui Lalita © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Nui Lalita © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“My name is Lalita Saenlee, but people call me Nui. I was born on the 1st January 1984 and grew up in a small Lisu hill tribe village in Chiang Rai Province. I have an older brother, three older sisters and one younger sister.  Even though my parents are poor farmers, they tried keeping us in school but we weren’t very motivated. I dropped out at grade six, ashamed of my poor grades and feeling that I should help with the farm work so that my parents could keep my younger sister in school.

“One of my elder sisters had married and gone to live in Chiang Mai. When she gave birth to a daughter, she asked me to come and help take care of the child and wash clothes for the family. That was when I met my future husband, whose sister was a friend of my sister. My sister told me he was a good Lisuman whose parents had separated when he was young. He had some education and worked hard so when our sisters suggested we marry, we both agreed. We had hardly talked to each other before the wedding, which took place about a month after we first met. That was in 2003 when I was 18 years old.

Cotton and wood ornaments, 'Lisu Forest Festival' (set of 3) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton and wood ornaments, ‘Lisu Forest Festival’ (set of 3) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“We learned how to live together and love each other and he took good care of me. The first year was easier because we stayed with my sister and didn’t have to pay rent and other expenses.  After a year, however, we rented a room elsewhere because we wanted to live alone together as a couple.

“It wasn’t easy earning our living even though my husband was skilled at making different kinds of wood products to sell, especially frames to carry wall hangings made of fabric. I tried doing embroidery that I had learned from my mother and older sister. I made shoulder bags and accessories using traditional hill tribe cloth. I found that small items like key rings and ornaments sold better, perhaps because they were not so expensive. I kept designing and making small products but I didn’t completely stop making shoulder bags and other larger things.

Cotton and wood ornaments, 'Lisu Elephants Festival' (set of 3) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton and wood ornaments, ‘Lisu Elephants Festival’ (set of 3) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“In 2005, we had our first daughter and our second child is due in early 2013.

“Life has not been easy. After our daughter was born we had saved enough money to be able to move into a small rented house. Though finding work was difficult for poorly educated people like us, we worked hard at whatever we did and saved as much as we could. I was lucky because my husband didn’t smoke or drink and didn’t get involved with other women like many other men.

Cotton and wood ornaments, 'Lisu Colors' (set of 4) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton and wood ornaments, ‘Lisu Colors’ (set of 4) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“In 2010, I approached a woman from Bangkok who worked as an agent arranging for people to go and work in Japan. I had already met one man this agent had helped go to Japan and he had come back with much more money than he would have earned working in Thailand. My husband thought it was worth going there to work for a few years.

“The agent told my husband to get a passport and asked us to pay the first installment of her fee. I sent her 100,000 baht, which was half of all the money we had saved. When she asked my husband to go to Bangkok, she asked for the second 100,000. I felt lucky that she had agreed that we could pay her the third installment she had demanded when my husband came back from Japan. I didn’t want to borrow money and go into debt.

“Perhaps we might have realized something wasn’t right had we more education. When my husband got to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok at the appointed time, the agent failed to show. We tried contacting her but she had disconnected her phone.

“It was very difficult to accept that we had been cheated of 10 years of savings. We reported the whole story to the police and gave them a copy of the woman’s ID and address, but the police have done nothing for more than two years. No one has helped.

Cotton and wood ornaments, 'Lisu Owls Festival' (set of 3) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton and wood ornaments, ‘Lisu Owls Festival’ (set of 3) © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“We have accepted our loss but we have no idea when we might be able to save that kind of money again.

“There has been some consolation. Had my husband gone to Japan as arranged he would have gone to a town badly affected by the 2011 tsunami. It helps me feel better to think that my husband’s life might have been saved by this cheat of an agent. We have stayed together. Money is something we can always earn if we are not lazy.

Nui at work © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Nui at work © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“We live very simply, keeping our expenses down, saving for our daughter’s education and for the new life coming into our family. Though we have to work very hard and struggle to save, we are reasonably content. Sometimes we can go back to my village, see my parents and join in festivals. We still live in our small rented house and we have work that brings us income. My little daughter loves to stay near me and help out when I making things. I never ask her to do anything for me as just having her around to talk about things makes me happy.

“Thank you for displaying my work and thank you to everyone who supports us and helps us save for our children’s education.”

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Oil Yuwadee

“I am very happy with what I have. I have a wonderful husband who takes great care of my family and always respects our feelings. I will be a mother very soon and I am so looking forward to seeing our little one. I will try to be the best mother I can.

Oil Yuwadee © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Oil Yuwadee © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“My name is Yuwadee Thongtaweetham; my nickname is Oil. I come from Chiang Rai Province where I went to school. I came to Chiang Mai to study at university and got a bachelor’s degree majoring in social development. My mother was very proud as I was the first person in our family to get a degree. Not so many people from my background are lucky enough to be able to study at university.

Jade and pearl bracelet, 'Orange Augury' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Jade and pearl bracelet, ‘Orange Augury’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“After graduation, I got a job working for a local government office in Fang district in the north of Chiang Mai Province where I have been living for several years. This was where I met my husband, who works with his relatives. My mother and I now live in his house while my younger brother, who ordained as a monk, stays in a temple nearby. Our family is small but we take good care of each other.

Nylon and silver bracelet, 'Purple Rains' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Nylon and silver bracelet, ‘Purple Rains’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I have always loved art and culture and anything related to beauty, especially jewelry. When my chance came to become involved in designing and making jewelry, I began to feel more creative, more relaxed and happier.

Jasper and pearl necklace, 'Earth and Sea' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Jasper and pearl necklace, ‘Earth and Sea’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I started learning how to design and make jewelry from someone who has been a close friend since we were very young. She works with relatives in the jewelry business and helped me start up when she needed someone to help her makeup orders for her customers. I enjoyed helping her and gradually I learnt to design items myself. It has been good for both of us because I can still help her when she needs it as well as work on pieces of my own. She in turn helps me design, make and sell the pieces I create. We have a very positive relationship that continues to grow.

Pearl and glass cluster earrings, 'Classic' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Pearl and glass cluster earrings, ‘Classic’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I want to continue making jewelry in a happy, easy going way without expecting too much while being a good mother and wife and taking good care of my family.

“As a Thai woman living in a rural area of Chiang Mai, I am happy with what I create and will be happy if you like it too. My handmade jewelry comes from my love and the love of those who help support me. I hope you like it.”

Quartz wrap bracelet, 'Berry Season' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Quartz wrap bracelet, ‘Berry Season’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

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