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While you are in Bangkok, you can buy Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC) products at the Bangkok Christian Guest House.
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You can also buy Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC) products at the LOFTY BAMBOO, Khao San Road.
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The Ban Pong Karen producer group has started in 1970 by the Christian women of Ban Pong Church with the main objectives:

1) to preserve the traditional weaving methods
2) to provide assistance for the improvement of family economy through sales of hand woven cloths as well as traditional Karen men and women clothing and
3) to open a shop at Ban Pong so that the weavers living surrounding Mae Sariang can come and sell their weavings and handicrafts on consignment.

As per the group's request, in 1975 Thai Tribal Crafts (TTC) helped to open up a small shop at Ban Pong, Mae Sariang district of Mae Hong Son province about 190 kilometers west of Chiang Mai, and formed a local committee to supervise operation of the shop. The committee selected a person, Mrs. Marasri Puang Thong, to manage the shop. At that time Mrs. Marasri was serving as representative of the Karen weavers of Mae Sariang on TTC Board.

Currently there are eighteen producer groups in and surrounding Mae Sariang town, including Ban Pong group, with the total members of 329 weavers who regularly come to Ban Pong shop to sell their products mostly on consignment. TTC places order through Ban Pong Shop for sale in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and export to UK, France Italy, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, mostly to Fair Trade Organizations in those countries. All weavers are women age ranging from 16 to 55 and the majority are housewives. Currently, there are 18 producer groups in Mae Sariang area.

The groups are named after the village they live. Name of each group with number of weavers are listed below:

Producer Groups :
1Ban Mae Hang16
2Ban Pat15
3Ban Pong30
4Ban Rai15
5Ban Sop Hang8
6Doi Chang15
7Dong Danga15
8Had Mai Tai25
9La Jotae10
10Pa Ma Lor15
11Mae Kor Kha12
12Mae Oo Por22
13Mae Samlap15
14Mae Tat Nua15
15Nong Phaknam60
16Pa Mat11
17Sri Don Chai15
18Tung Prao15

Products made by these groups include:
- Basketry:Traditional Karen Hat made of Bamboo, Dome Basket, Carrying Basket, Open Baskets etc… all made of Bamboo
- Fabric Items: Traditional costumes (both male and female), Tie-dye cloth, Shoulder Bags, Table cloths, Runners, Scarf, Shawls, and Plain and designed woven cloths of both natural dye and chemical dye. Back-strapped Loom is used to weave all fabric items.

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Our Products
  Baby Carrier
  Book Mark & Book Cover
  Bum Bag
  Christmas Decoration
  Clerical Stole
  Coin Purse
  Cosmetic Bag
  Cushion Cover
  Flint Bag
  Glasses Case
  Jewelry Box
  Key Case
  Labtop Bag
  Letter Holder
  Draw String Shoulder Bag
  Modern Bag
  Modern Bag - Zippered
  Money Belt
  Tribal Musical Instrument
  Necklace & Other Jewelry
  Note Book
  Pencil Case
  Place Mat
  Pot Holder
  Shawl & Scarf
  Shirt & Blouse
  Skirt & Pants
  Small Accessories
  Table Cloth
  Table Runner
  Tea Cosy
  Toiletry Bag
  Tote & Shopping Bag
  Traditional Tribal Bag
  Travelers Bag
  Wall Hanging
  Wooden Products
  Fair Trade Coffee

Thai Tribal Crafts is a non-profit marketing agency under the Christian Service Foundation (Baptist).
208 Bamrungrat Rd., Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand.
Tel : +66-53-241 043, Fax : +66-53-243 493
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