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Silverware in Thailand (1)

Silverware in Thailand has long established reputation on its delicacy, durability and follows an ancient tradition. Thus, become one of the favorite travellers to bring home gifts and silverware home decorating. Beyond it’s beauty and unique styles, there’s so many stories on that.
Votive plaques from the 8th century have been found in Maha Sarakham Province in the north-east and silver miniature stupas from sounthern Thailand date to the 11th century. The technical influences reached the country from all directions at different periods, and while techniques of working precious metals were probably first introduced by Indian traders, the strongest stylistic influences have been from Burma and China.

The Burmese influence was felt most strongly in Chiang Mai, particularly at the end of 18th century when the ruler, Chao Kawila, needed to re-settle the city after its long occupation by the Burmese: as he moved lacquer-working villages from the Shan States, he simultaneously brought in communities of Shan silversmiths. Since then, the original Shan villages from the Salween River, has maintained a silver-working tradition. This has been helped in recent years by the demands of the tourist industry, but has suffered a decline in quality for the same reasons.