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Manorah Bead Craft

Initiated from the beaded costumes of Manorah, the signature traditional dance in Southern Thailand, Ban Khao’s Manorah bead craft has become a uniquely beautiful and popular home décor under the brand “NATIPONG,” originating from Ranot District, Songkhla Province.


Photo : Natipong Facebook

Threading beads on Manorah costumes requires delicate skills and concentration. The featured characteristic of the costume is the colourful beads aligned one by one, sewn into unique patterns of art. The intricate details renders the costume valuable and is worth sharing with locals and future generations in Thailand and abroad, demonstrating the exceptional charm of this long line of inherited handicraft from Southern Thailand.

 

Mr. Natipong Laisam, owner of NATIPONG, is a young artist and entrepreneur in his thirties, who not only operates the business himself, but is also the creator of these works art, starting from designing, drawing, threading beads, and finishing with distributing the finished products to feed the market.

From the onset, he started by producing some samples, and was able to convince locals in the area to join his business, as his handicrafts became popular in demand both at domestic and international markets, and he rapidly ran out of stock. His handicraft products include home décor and accessories, from shoulder bags, bracelets, earrings, key chains, shawls, to lamps, curtains, and vases. Prices depend on the size and intricate details of the products, starting from tens to tens of thousands of baht.

 
Photo : Natipong Facebook

The distinctive characteristic of NATIPONG artwork is the combination of old techniques used in making Manorah beaded costumes, and modern design techniques, as shown through the colourful and modern patterns that retain and reflect the unique traits of local handicrafts, explains Natipong. He adds that foreigners appreciate the universal beauty of his products, while Thai people will know instantly that the products are inspired by the southern culture.

With over 200 members joining Natipong’s business operations within the period of four years, the brand hopes to enable more inclusive distribution of income in the local communities and contribute to their livelihoods and increased productivity. For further information, feel free to contact NATIPONG at 29/1 Moo.3 Ban Khao, Ranot District, Songkhla Province, Tel. +66 88 828 9922, or Facebook Natipong.

Siriluk Klaewklad, News reporter and photographer

 

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