Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Umbrella Showroom in Chiang Mai, Thailand



Just about two weeks ago, my husband Paul, my youngest daughter Tammy, my mother and I took a trip to the northern part of Thailand.   We stopped at this umbrella showroom in Chiang Mai as planned, as we felt my mother would enjoy visiting this place (we ourselves had already been there some time ago).  I wasn't thinking about blogging about this visit at all until I saw these pretty pictures.  Other pictures were put up on facebook (not that those were not pretty..).


Mom at the entrance of the showroom, in front of a trishaw display....





At the showroom, you can see the procedure for making these handmade umbrellas right from scratch.


Bamboo pieces are split...




 holes are drilled into some pieces...




pieces are strung together...






strings are attached....






 lots of gluing of the paper sheets to the umbrella frames...




They are then hand-painted.














Paper fans are also made in this showroom...




See the large decorative fans on either side of the huge umbrella? (actually, see the two fans in front of it? heh heh)



I loved the whole colourful experience!




Let me say that again...I loved the whole colourful experience!
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The above umbrellas were only about 8inches in diameter.


The novelty of this place is that you can even have your genes, tee-shirt, mobile phone, camera pouch and what-have-you, handpainted on the spot with a design you choose from their sample board.  I had my mobile phone painted with a butterfly design.  It had a little glitter added on as well.  Does it last?  Well, in the two weeks we've been back, it hasn't chipped off at all (and I don't exactly treat my phone very gently)...This design cost me 50baht, or 5 ringgit, or about US$1.50.

First some base paint of some kind was painted on...(that would be like primer for furniture, and foundation for make-up I guess)...





Seriously guys, if you ever go to such places, do tell us about them.  It's just a matter of taking some photos (all these photos were taken by my husband or daughter so, really, it doesn't take a professional camera man to take decent photos!), and telling us about it is really like writing an essay.  You don't have to use bombastic words.. oh wait.. bombastic is a bombastic word...you don't have to use fancy words to tell us about your experience. And there aren't any teachers to mark your essay (Tony Willis and Sarah Benedict - if you're reading this, yes, I deliberately spelt 'jeans' as 'genes' up there, so you can point it out to me...lalaaala laaa)

By writing about your experiences, we get to share in them, as we don't all get a chance to go to those places...(yes, I'm talking to you Warren Phipps and Matthias van Middendorp :)

If you ever do go to Chiang Mai (not to be confused with Chiang Rai which is a different town), ask for the Umbrella Making Centre in "Bor Sung".  Lots of shopping along those streets, too (seriously, why didn't I ever think of becoming a tour guide?





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11 comments:

  1. From facebook, 21st August 2012:

    Priscilla ST

    Aunty Val, thanks for posting up the umbrella making pics, I'm sure most of us have never seen how they're made. Hope granny enjoyed the trip.

    Priscilla, I think she did! She did very well considering all the changes she had to adjust to...

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  2. Ha Aunty Val, that's an awesome place thanks for sharing! Thailand doens't seem to be the most logical destination to go within a short period of time ;). However I have to agree I have been very lucky I could travel so much so far!

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    1. So are you gonna write about all your adventures? You have such gorgeous photos!

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  3. Jeans not Genes... lol! - Sarah B.

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  4. Wonderful post, Val! I really enjoyed this, and learning about these craftsmen. I would love to visit Thailand one day. Also Vietnam, where I was born. And Malaysia where we lived briefly. Can I come visit you in Malaysia? :)

    It's been ages since your last post...you must be very busy. With more house projects??

    cheers from DC,
    Loi

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  5. Loi Thai, HAH! Finally I get to know your roots which I wondered about...of course you can come visit, we're pretty good playing the tour guide :) I'm lagging on my posts, aren't I? I thought nobody would notice, hhahahah!

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  6. I noticed! Please post more about Malaysia. I would love to see photos of the landscape and local life and delicious food!! :)
    Thanks!
    Loi

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  7. Hi Val,

    Thanks for the colorful and interesting post. Paul looked great in his pose! I'm curious ... what were the words on the unbrellas above Paul? " I love BO something ..".

    I'm visiting Chiang Mai next year in June. Will give this place a visit!

    What else to do in Chiang Mai? Any nice waterfalls? I dont mind some jungle trekking to reach the waterfalls.

    Edwin

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    1. Hey Edwin, the words are "I love Bor Sung" - that's the name of the place, if you're going to visit. Around the umbrella centre there are rows of shops for shopping at. I will try to look up what waterfalls there are, because we lived in Chiang RAI, not Chiang Mai, for 5 years...so, not familiar with this town. They also have another touristy place in Chiang Mai, for snake and crocodile skin products, silverware...and a night bazaar - huge touristy place like our 'pasar malam'.

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