Chiang Mai Umbrella Village Story

The local history has been told that there was a monk travelling to neighbouring Myanmar where he came cross Saa paper umbrellas that offered protection against both the sun and the rain. He returned with the protection technique and introduced the umbrella to the elders of Borsang village, who added their own first, making umbrellas was just a hobby to do after the annual rice crop, wich could supplement villager’s earnings. The time passed by and the production of Saa paper umbrellas gradually flourished, which prompted villages to establish a handicraft c0-operative in 1941. In time, the production grew up to be made out of saa paper and silk, and images of birds, elephants and flowers were intricately hand-painted on the umbrellas Today, the production of Umbrellas from Borsang village is exported through the world and it can been seen at trades in Europe, in a wide variation of sizes and colours.


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