Bangkok Travelbug December 2018 Ratchaburi Combined Arts Festival
December 14, 2018
Ratchaburi Combined Arts Festival
Welcome back to the merry month of December. We were in Ratchaburi for a weekend recently and were lucky to be able to visit the ongoing Combined Arts Festival held over the weekend. The displays were in the city centre along the esplanade by the Mae Klong River*.
The Mae Khlong is a continuation of the famous River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, the river continues its course through Samut Songkhram to the south and out to the Gulf of Thailand.
Besides art and handicraft from Ratchaburi, the exhibits included art from the neighbouring provinces of Suphanburi and Kanchanaburi. This exhibition is also an effort to boost tourism in these areas.
What better way to send Christmas greetings than through the art medium with a traditional Thai setting?
Dance performers at the festival
Wickerwork from Suphanburi
Near the entrance, we were greeted with these wickerwork exhibits from Suphanburi, the province just north of Ratchaburi.
Exhibits from Suphanburi
Karen art and handicraft from Kanchaburi
This Karen (pronounced ka-riang) community is from Ban Krai Kiang, Tambon Khao Jod, Amphur Si Sawat, Kanchanaburi. Their contribution was not only in their beautiful fabrics but also in their food and
Nam prik is a spicy dip that goes with Thai food, different communities have their own recipes, so do the Karen.
And after a spicy meal, something sweet to soothe the taste buds.
A dessert – thong yok
Of course, the colourful Karen fabrics were the main attraction.
Buffalo School, Suan Phueng,
The Buffalo School at Ban Nong Ta Tang, Tambon Tanaosi, Amphur Suan Phueng, Ratchaburi welcomes visitors on weekends and public holidays. For enquires on the attractions at the school, please call 098-838-3096.
The school's contribution came in the form of buffalo cart models.
Buffalo cart models from the Buffalo School in Suan Phueng
The dragon water jar is Ratchaburi's signature handicraft
product. These earthen jars with majestic dragon designs are used to store water, ferment food and are used throughout the country. Here's a sample of a small dragon jar.
Dragon water jar
Besides the dragon jars, other ceramics with beautiful designs are also produced here.
Ceramics with exquisite designs
Nang Yai, giant puppet drama, Ratchaburi
Nang Yai or giant puppets are another specialty of
Ratchaburi. These huge figures are carved out on leather and used to perform the Ramakien or the Thai version of the Hindu Ramayana epic.
First, the elaborate design is sketched out on a piece of paper.
Next, the design is placed on top of the piece of leather and the design is painstakingly chipped onto the leather.
Cutting out the design
The finished product
Nang Yai figures used in a performance at the Nang Yai Museum, Wat Khanon, Ratchaburi
It leaves me to wish all my friends and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends and may the New Year bring success to all your endeavours.
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