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


A chair can express the taste of a homeowner. Each corner of a house might sometimes need a different style of chair to fit with mood and tone. Roongroj Wiriyachon,
Moonler is a unique brand of contemporary furniture from Thailand founded by Phuwanat Damrongporn. A former engineer, Phuwanat’s passion is to design and create craftworks using local skills in industrial
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
While woodwork in Chiang Mai is commonly associated with large pieces of furniture such as tables, wardrobes and beds, Wongpitak Export creates much smaller items like souvenirs, house wares and
Siam Royal Orchid is one of the longest-running handicraft companies in Chiang Mai. Founded 40 years ago by Rueng Nimanhaemin, who is now its president, its mission was to create
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
Bringing modernity to her family’s well-established business in Ban Tawai, Chiang Mai, was Pisuttinee “Som” Sa-gnuanrak main goal. The result was that she created Wicker Thailand, a brand specializing in
Filigree is a sophisticated jewelry-making technique dating back more than 5,000 years. Known as Ngan Yad Lai in Thai, the complicated technique to make a finished piece requires as many
My name is Suranat Buranapong. I live and work in Chiangmai. I just started learning leather work at the beginning of 2012 and have found that I have really enjoyed
"Artists Residencies, Theater and Puppetry Studio, Ceramic Studio, Gallery, Agriculture, Coffee Shop, Alternative education"
Mueja is a studio turning old wood into contemporary furniture that is designed and entirely handmade by Rapeepat Kaewthip, a young man from Chiang Mai who is commonly known as

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.