The glory of Asean crafts

Art July 17, 2017 14:54

By The Nation

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The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) is showcasing a selection of 60 outstanding handicrafts by 10 artisans in the Asean region at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre until July 23.



Each handcrafted basketry reflects local identity and wisdom. Among the delicate works on display , all guaranteed by the prestigious Asean Selection 2017’s awards are “TB’s Bag/Basket” by Maxweel Anak Janilta from Brunei who uses the classic shades of black and white to represent his hope that hand-crafted products will last forever.

Em Riem from Cambodia presents “Jungle”, which blends structural decorative design and fine art to speak about human unity and nature. A human’s chest-like form fashioned from rattan is blended with the spiralling and circling structure to represent nature.

“Spirit Handbag” by Phouvieng Saisnith from Laos presents the wisdom and culture embedded in natural bamboo basketry blended with embroidery showing silk threads and golden yarns. The work reflects equality of mankind through the mixed use of strong material and soft silk. Meanwhile, Korakot Aromdee from Thailand presents his “Spell Daybed Dome” by using woven bamboo to create a daybed for relaxation. 

The exhibition is open daily (except Monday) from 10am to 9pm. The Centre is at the Pathumwan Intersection, opposite MBK shopping centre.