These kids were just genuinely pure. I must admit most of their families are economically challenged, and they do not possess as many amusing stuff as the children of their age in Bangkok or other countries have. But they are very talented to find something fun all the time!! I hopped on the hay and enjoyed taking a long walk to the next village, holding their hands while I was there!! It was a wonderful time!
Panmai is the weaving cooperative run by village women. It was started as a part of rural development project by some NGOs in the 1980s. The project was very successful and the village women now run the business almost on their own. You can buy their products in Bangkok at Narayana Phand (127 Ratchadamri Rd), but this is their main office. The silk weavings are very beautiful and they are very reasonable as well. But every product is noted to be hand-made, so you should check each one with your own eyes!
What to buy: They have both silk and cotton weavings. You can buy either weaving clothes to make out your own outfit, or something already made into products like bags, shirt or hats...
What to pay: They are relatively very reasonable. You will find same qualitied silk shawl at more than 1000 baht in Bangkok, whereas at a couple hundred baht here.