Bio Sang is Chiang Mai’s famous craft village that specialises in handmade paper umbrellas. This local craft is unique to Chiang Mai and is the ideal place to see first-hand how these umbrellas are made and painted with their signature floral designs. Bor Sang is roughly a 30-minute drive from Chiang Mai’s Old City.
If you’re in search of ethnic hill tribe arts and crafts head to Sop Moei Arts. This inspiring cooperative work with local hill tribe people, particularly the Karen from Mae Hong Son. Their Chiang Mai shop sells beautifully hand-crafted textiles, baskets and other easy-to-transport items.
This cute little shop and gallery is run by artist Supachet who crafts figurines and paintings of rabbits and elephants. Often Supachat can be seen at work at the back of the shop and is always up for a friendly chat with his customers. In his store, you can buy his artwork on large canvas or on smaller bookmarks, gift cards, t-shirts and ceramics.
Studio Naenna preserves traditional weaving, dying and embroidery techniques. They specialise in indigo dying and even offer workshops to learn first-hand about the dying processes. Studio Naenna is a great place to pick up ethical and eco-friendly crafted textiles.
Chiang Mai is famous for its beautiful high-quality silverware. Nova specialises in hand-crafted contemporary jewellery and even offers silversmith courses for those that want to try making their own unique pieces. Their shop is full of beautifully designed rings, earrings and pendants – perfect for a special gift for yourself or a loved one!
Thai Tribal Crafts Fair Trade is a one-stop shop for handmade hill tribe crafts. Northern Thailand is home to many unique hill tribe communities, each with different cultures and dress and design styles. This shop stocks everything from traditional costumes, accessories to home décor and more!
Ginger is a colourful and eclectic Thai design brand that specialises in Thai-inspired kitchenware, furniture and other home décor items. This vibrant shop is a delight to peruse with so many vibrant colours and beautiful handicrafts inspired by local hill tribe cultures.