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Bosang Umbrella Village

About half an hour east of downtown Chiang Mai is Bo Sang (Borsarng) umbrella village. Umbrellas are a Thai handicraft, and used for protection from the rain or sun (sunshade).

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  At the Umbrella Making Center we watched umbrellas being made. First large bamboo is cut into small pieces, then the spokes and string are assembled into a frame. Cloth or paper (two layers) is stretched over the frame, the edges are glued, and sewed tightly. Sunshades have a fringe added. Then the umbrellas are put out into the sun to dry. Last step, it's time to paint a design on the umbrella: elephants, tigers, flowers or dragons.
      Kids can purchase an umbrella and have it painted with a design of their choice, or there are also kits of small umbrellas and paints to decorate your umbrella back home. If you want to buy a really big umbrella, have it shipped home.
    Down the road at the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre, in addition umbrella making, also see paper making. The paper used in umbrellas is Sa paper, made from the bark of the mulberry tree. The bark is soaked, the fibers broken down, soaked in liquid, then put out in a frame to dry. The beauty of the paper is that the fibers makes a lovely texture for the paper umbrellas.
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The Umbrella Queen
Shirin Bridges

In their village, the girls and women decorates umbrellas with butterflies and flowers, and each year the person who makes the most beautiful umbrella is the Umbrella Queen. Young Noot helps her families make umbrellas, but she wants to paint something else – elephants going round and round. (Picture book)

 

     
Silk Umbrellas
Carolyn Marsden

Noi watches her grandmother painting silk umbrellas to sell at the market each week, and finally Noi is allowed to paint too. As it rains, every afternoon after school, Noi paints the world around her, a butterfly on a leaf, lines of lilypads, monkey up a tree, flock of blue birds, trees over the ricefields. (Chapter book)

 

 
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