I have planed to write about my impression from my New Year trip to Nan for months. I should do it now before getting too late. From our annual big road trip during our new year holiday, we drove from Bangkok to Chiengrai (the furthest north of Thailand) for our architectural site visit and drove back along Mae Kong River before heading down to Nan(small, charming province), where we being greeted with friendly welcoming from Nan local people. We were searching for local craft and one of their most well known for is Nan traditional woven fabric.
(image: view along Mae Kong River)
From a note on little hand-out that we have found(thanks to Tone our trip partner), leading us to a small village across the bridge from the main city. A small waving community, we met head of the group who shown us her working space and introduced us to her boy who is so passionate in preserving traditional Nan Weaving technique and style.
We visited his half finished home/working space, where he shown us his works. His name is Pieak. He started his weaving since he was a boy(under 10) and have won so many awards. What really impressed me is how he who is a young man so passionate in collecting/study and preserving old Nan weaving pattern and recording it with modern technique and got recognized nationally. So happy for his family , I can tell how proud his mother is when she brought out Pieak’s works (he kept them all in a basket) to show us.
We begged him buying some of his works. Meeting this weaving family was one of our best experience visiting Nan