Selected Crafts
by Northern Thai Artisans

Supported by


The art of making celadon originated in China more than 2000 years ago and was introduced to this region during the Sukhothai period, only later coming to the Kingdom of
Chuanlhong Ceramic is a ceramic factory in Lamphun where local craftsmen mold and paint every piece by hand. Managed by Kittikorn Kanjanakuha, the factory was founded by his father, Uthai
Being fascinated with dyeing using the Shibori technique while having fun creating new patterns on fabric, Ann-Kanchalee Ngamdamronk and Serg-Sergey Tishkin, her Russian partner, set up Slowstitch Studio, a textile


Imagine yourself taking a journey to Northern Thailand, starting in Chiang Mai. You are interested in design, craft and local culture. Where would you go, where do you start? Or maybe you are a buyer or an interior designer from afar who is looking for new sources for materials, accessories, decorative items or other craft products. How can you find out more about the beautiful craft objects from Northern Thailand, a region also called “Lanna”? Lanna refers to an ancient kingdom that is famed for its craft products; sa’lahmade (salahmade) aims to provide a simple gateway into this realm for visitors and potential buyers of craft products.


Creative Design Awards 2022

The Creative Design Awards (CDA) have been organized for 10 years now and the awards is an annual highlight for the Northern design scene. The CDA 2022 accepts application in over 7-8 categories from 1 August 2022 onwards.

Lanna Essence Season 2

Launch of Lanna Essence Season 2. The Lanna Essence Workshop Season 2 focuses on supporting local entrepreneurs developing new products and business models based on Lanna Essence

Chiang Mai Design Week 2022

Bor Sang Umbrella is a legend that has been passed down to us from our grandparents. Continuing the heritage of our ancestors has been a challenge because it has not just been about taking something old and applying it to a contemporary setting, but using innovation to make our work more contemporary and fashionable and yet incorporate our traditional character in a modern way.

NAP 2022

The popular Nimman Soi 1 & Nimmanhaemin Art & Design Promenade (NAP) is back. Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 1 in Chiang Mai is a tiny, lively and exceptional street, which is full of art, design, and home decoration boutiques.

Meta Boost

Meta Boost

Kenan and Meta have partnered to provide regular online course to Thai SMEs or entrepreneurs interested in better using Facebook and Instagram


Boontavee “Boon” Charoenpoonsiri so loved handbags and the quality of Italian designs that it became clear to her that she had leave her family’s product design agency in Bangkok to
Crafted from passion times obsession in fashion design, Vadi Design Handbags are made for statement-making ladies. "Iconic design-crisp silhouette & lush leather crystallized into Vadi Design's essence" according to Ms.
Rukbatik with a strong inspiration to conserve Lanna’s wisdom, tradition, art, and lifestyle, Rukbatik depicts the local gorgeousness through Lanna’s patterns which are handed down through generations. Blended with modern
Petcharat “Jeab” Chinyee tried running an internet café and several other businesses after she graduated, but she had grown up in a family of craftspeople and her love of craftwork
Baanboon is a brand of Thai brooms hand-groomed for an international look. It is an extension of a 35-year-old family business called Somboonphon Craft, which makes and exports sorghum brooms.
The Dhanabadee Group is a well-established ceramics business known for its revival of the chicken pattern on noodle and soup bowls, a classic design long associated with ceramics in the
Morakot “Kheaw” and Piyarat “Yui” Yosthamrong, the founders of Ars-d-sine, are alumni of Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. During Morakot’s final years in university, he started to think
A local Chiang Mai brand, JUN designs products for male customers whose urban lifestyles require a cool, casual look using clothes of simple yet unique design. JUN offers convenient practical
It all began for Koong when she was living in Japan and came across a Thai craft product being sold in a Japanese department store at a price that she
One rainy season, Wilai Praijitkanjanakul noticed that piled up fallen leaves that were left to rot on concrete left indelible stains. A teacher of economics, it occurred to her that
“We stand out for our distinctive products as one of the best-known ceramic brands in Chiang Mai,” said Kraikan Sirirungsi, marketing manager of Prempracha Collection as she talked about the

About sa'lahmade

Sa’lahmade is pronounced with a deep, shortish “sa“ and a long low “lah”. Sa’lahmade is a website ( about crafts and artisans from Northern Thailand. It is not an e-commerce platform. If you have any inquiries or want to purchase a product, please contact the artisans or shops directly, but if you have a general inquiry, please contact us. We do also know some strategic shops and product makers that might be able to assist your designing and sourcing products from Northern Thailand.

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The northern region has a vibrant art and cultural scene as it was once a great kingdom of the past where ethnic tribe communities are diverse. They settled in this prosperous land and carried customs, traditions, cultures, and wisdom with them. Through this, the north is abundant with artisans, or “Sa-lah” in the northern dialect. Their artistic skills in handicrafts or “crafts” have been widely known since the old day.


“Salah” are artisans who have a specific craft skill. Their works reflect a diversity from culture, wisdom, tradition, beliefs, resources to ways of life of the northern people. They have passed on knowledge of craftsmanship and have designed various types of crafts with distinctiveness and practicality. Besides, each craft has its own indigenous context.


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Creative space located on Wua Lai Road, Chiangmai, the famous location of the local handicraft community that connects both old and new craftsmen and designers, also working with the community to promote, develop and tell stories of hidden local artisans to become more known. is a website collecting handicrafts from artisans in northern Thailand. To make it easier for people who like them to access and buy. We carefully select the pieces that are indeed the work of local craftsmen or artists. Proudly tell the stories of these creators to others.


Ordinary selected shop collects the products from Northern Thai designers passionate about crafts, using locally sourced materials. The shop also held some workshops, which later became a small community of craft lovers.