|While you are in Bangkok, you can buy Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC) products at the Bangkok Christian Guest House.|
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You can also buy Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC) products atthe LOFTY BAMBOO, Khao San Road.More Info | Contact
|Akha BillfoldThis Billfold will be very useful and also quite original to carry all your personal things! It is a product from the range offered by Thai Tribal Crafts, a self-help marketing agency established in 1973 with the main goal to provide opportunities for improving the quality of life of the tribal people in Northern Thailand. |
The pattern of this item has been crafted in the Akha tribal community. The Akha number about 48,500 people living in Thailand, and produce a traditional indigo-dyed cloth.
In order to produce this traditional cloth, Akha people weave the cotton into cloth with a foot-treadle loom. The cloth is then dyed with indigo grown in the gardens. It takes about one month of dipping and drying the cloth daily to produce the typical colour.
This cloth is embellished with silver ornaments, coins, beads, red-dyed feather tassels, seeds and also a bright-coloured appliqu?; the traditional Akha outfits have indeed a lot of various decorations.
After the production of the traditional pattern in the village, raw materials are given to women in Chiang Mai who assemble the cloths and materials and finish the products. This process of production with skilled and trained men and women at each step ensures high-quality products.
When you buy this handcraft, 60% of its price goes to the craftsmen. You will enjoy the use of this billfold and its quality, and at the same time you will have the satisfaction of knowing that this purchase will help the tribe to raise its standard of living.
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