These cultural and craft centers are to be found all over Isaan AS usual Tourism Authority of Thailand, Provincial Tourist Organizations, OTOP miss, ignore or are just ignorant of the many places for tourists to visit in the region The gut here is a real Credence Clearwater Revival fan, which makes a good backgroud to the tie-dye part of this home centered business. Of course no English is to be found on signs or out of mouths at these locations, but the people are always friendly and welcoming. If you see something interesting driving the byways of Northeast Thailand, just pull in that after the dogs are quieted down you will get a warm welcome and a fine tour This little operation beside indigo works with other natural dyes and beside shirts do Pa Sin and more They also farm Mahc Mao a local fruit that I have already posted and provide classes free of charge…
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Ban Tha Rue is located in Tha Rue Villaage, Amphur Na Wa. Nakhon Phanom Province.The most famous products of this community are Isaan Musical Instruments. It is considered as the longest-experience community who makes Isaan Musical Instruments that the knowledge has been passed on continuously from generation to generation for more than 100 years. The precceding is quoted from the SANUK guide book for the Provinces of Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan that I have mentioned in previous posts The Center is supposed to be open 7 days a week. I suspect if there is a big event on it might be closed. The Manager who goes by Jim gave the following phone number as a contact 088-509-5423, and he has very good English If you are interested in prices I suggest you call as there were a variety of sizes of these high quality instruments..
Friday morning it is up early and over the Phu Phan taking highway 213 to Kalasin and the Pong Lang, Phrae Wa and Red Cross Fair. If you are looking for fairs and festivals in Isaan the Red Cross fairs go on in nearly every province in February and March and can always be found on the Provincial website.
Arguably, except in Kalasin, the best silk in Thailand is produced in the Province and one of the best types is the Phrae Wa generally produced by the Phu Thai people of the region. And the Pong Lan a log xylophone from the Isaan region of northeast Thailand is also featured.
75% is the same old plastic flip flops and buckets found at all Isaan fairs and the bet 25% are the crafts, demonstrations and music…
These type of roadside stalls appear all over Northeast Thailand and carry a variety of products depending on what is produced in the immediate area. One of the things I like about these near Na Kae in Nakhon Phanom Province, just over the Sakon Nakhon Province line on road road 223 is the fact they they have plenty of room for people to pull their vehicles off the road. I have seen many near misses and some accidents at these places when people pull over not completely off the road. Do not forget that the driver of the car in front of you stopped in the roadside will probably not look when he swings the driver side door open.
Not only baskets, but an assortment of other useful household items. Okay the huge fish trap might find itselyfdecorating the ceiling of a fish restaurant before it finds itself in a river.
Over the years I have visited many of the pottery villages in the region. I got a lot of information from Leedom Lefferts of the Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian to include a study done by Samruat Inbanof Khon Kaen University, back in 1989. I mapped most of the locations identified and still have the maps available. I learned about the different methods to include what is called the Korat style where the clay sits still and the person moves around forming the pot. I have visited villages that are no longer involved in potterym but have some wonderful collections of tools and pots.
From places that make simple useful everyday pieces to sites that make pieces of ceramic art it is all still available in Northeast Thailand, Isaan
Yesterday while waiting for the Don Sawan Rally to start I wandered along Sook Kasem Road at the government complex here in Sakon Nakhon and happened along to the OTOP office and shop.
I mentioned last week in a post that an exhibit of miniature musical instruments and other interesting articles was behind glass, so back in Mahasarakham the staff happily complied to my request to open the glass doors so i might get some shots.
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Music, Silk, Baskets an Exhibit at MSU, Isaan, Thailand