Surin Attractions

Visit the Handicraft Villages

Surin is second to none in the northeastern region regarding local handicrafts. Handicraft making is supplementary occupation, to be carried out during January-May after the harvesting season.

1) Hang Nu rattan weaving at Ban Buthom

Small rattan, called hang nu, is major weaving material. The small vine is divided into 4 tines, which are further trimmed until round, then thrust into holes to attain required size. The prepared rattan vines are then woven into a variety of utensils, such as baskets, fruit tray with more than 60 styles. Rattan products here are not lacquered. If any piece becomes mouldy, rub it with sour fruit such as carambola, lemon or kaffir lime, then clean it with water and leave it dry in sunlight. This process will return natural luster to the product. If used regularly, however, rattan product will always remain shiny.

2) Prakueam silver ornaments at Ban Chok

Prakueam is a Cambodian word for round silver or gold beads strung together into ornaments. Surinís beads are noted for their variety of shapes and patterns.

The beadís diameter can be as short as half centimeter can be as short as half centimeter or as long as 2.5-3 cm. Surinís beads have a variety of shapes, such as silver bag, triangular pillow, octagonal, cone, carambola and double-headed drum. Most patterns imitate natural patterns, such as lotus petal, Phikun flower, sun, sunflower, etc.

Most beads are treated to give a darkish finish, which makes the pattern standing out. Beads are distinguished for their pattern and their silvery luster.

Ban Chok, Tambon Khwao Sinarin, Amphoe Khwao Sinarin, was the first village to make beads, both with silver and gold, hundreds of years ago. It is believed that they inherited this art from their Cambodian ancestors. Ban Chok is only 2 kilometers far from Khwao Sinarin silk village. The silk village thus sells both silk products and various styles of silver ornaments, such as bead bracelets and necklaces. One single ornament can contain one or more styles of beads, or even blend beads with pearl, black sapphire, colored stone and others. To see how silver ornament is made, visit Ban Chok when there is no festival or harvesting.

3) Silk at Ban Sawai, Ban Chan Rom and Ban Khwao Sinarin

Silk Procuced in these villages has unique, Cambodian-influenced, patterns. The silk threads used here are highly delicate, soft, lustrous and of highest quality.

The silk threads are dyed with colors from natural ingredients. For instance, red color comes from lac, and yellow color from turmeric. These threads are woven tightly and elaborately to yielddiverse patterns. Major weaving villages are Ban Khwao Sinarin, King Amphoe Khwao Sinarin; Ban Chan Rom, Tambon Ta Ong, Amphoe Muang; and Ban Sawai, Tambon Sawai, Amphoe Muang.

Surinís most acclaimed silk is pha hole, which differs from other matmi,or tied-and dyed silk, with regards to the selection of silk threads, the tie-and-dye technique and the weaving style. Pha hole, normally of gray, red, white, green and yellow colors, is woven so tightly that it can hold water on its surface. Surin people always give Pha hole to their favorite heir, as it is very difficult and time-con-suming to make. Villagers always use pha hole only during special occasions such as wedding, and merit making ceremony.

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