Ban Rai Pai Ngam Workshop – Chiang Mai

Fine CraftsThese exceptional cotton items are the product of the Ban Rai Pai Ngam workshop near Chiang Mai. Begun after WWII by the late Mrs. Saeng-da Bansiddhi, it was formed to preserve traditional dyeing and weaving techniques and to provide employment to women in the area. Here, they grow their own cotton and dyestuffs, make the thread, dye it, and then weave the various items in limited quatities. It is a labor-intensive process that yields textiles of extraordinarily subtle beauty, and earned Mrs. Saeng-da the honor of National Folkcraft Artist in 1985. Today her daughter and granddaughter carry on her work.


Portrait of Mrs. Saeng-da amidst textile materials and accoutrements


Former home is now a museum and workshop

Workshop looms under the house

Mrs. Saeng-da’s loom in the museum

Weaver at work Making skeins


Spinning cotton Cleaning the cotton fibers


Housewares in the museum Skeins of naturally-dyed cotton



See our Ban Rai Pai Ngam Textiles