Chiang Mai is famous for traditional handicrafts. Each
locality has its own particular craft product, such a wood
carvings, silverware engraving, silk weaving, celadon, umbrella
making, lacquerware and the tribal crafts from the hilltribes.
Hand Dong district, south of the township of Chiang Mai, is the
center of old style wood carving for decorative pieces. There is
also the Banyen Woodcarving Museum on Wua Lai Road with an
excellent collection of Woodcarvings.
Wua Lai road is the traditional center of a Chiang Mai silver
smith. The articles of household and ornamental articles include
bracelets, webbed belts, neck chains, food trays, boxes,
dippers, bowls etc.
The lacquerware center is along the road out of Chiang Mai to
Chomthong. Lacquerware is an old craft of Chiang mai. The
process of making lacquerware is from the woven bamboo strip
skeleton, then many layers of lacquer are applied. After drying
they are polished and painted with astisric designs.
Bor Sang about 9 kilometers from Chiang Mai city, is the
famous umbrella village. The Bor Sang umbrellas are made of Sa
paper. It seems like everyone in this village is busy making the
umbrellas, some have their bamboo frames constructed, some have
the newly-dyed paper umbrellas hung out in the sun to dry while
others are painting the umbrellas with floral designs and
Cotton And Silk Village
Silk and cotton are woven by folk people on a traditional
loom. Pasang district, about 13 kilometers from Chiang Mai city,
is famous for the bright colored cotton material. San Kampaeng
is famous for silk weaving. (see picture)
Many factories are situated in different part of town. This
ornamental stoneware uses the traditional raw materials in the
area but with modern firing techniques. It comes mainly in green
The Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road came into existence
because of the craft products of the local people and the
hilltribes. The Night Bazaar offers a unique opportunity to the
tourists at night. Besides the normal shopping for craft
products, one may see the pavement artists who come out with
their paintings offering bargain prices for their original work.
The roadside Night Bazaar has merchandise of all types.
Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng Handicraft Route
This road is lined up with crafts centers and factories with
showrooms and sales areas. Demonstration of folk crafts in the
making is a feature. Modern villages are built to create the
atmosphere and to attract the tourists. Products have been
developed and diversified to meet market demands. Chiang Mai's
handicraft Route is flourishing, and has become the most
prosperous handicraft center of the country.
Rung Arun Shopping Garden
Is located at Km 10, not far from Bo Sang. It has all sorts
of different handicraft items in a sculpted garden.