Ezistock is a handmade crafts outlet based in Chiangmai, Thailand. It promotes the work of local artisans by directly connecting them to overseas markets so that they can earn fair wages and be able to support their families. What's more, all the artisans "made a pledge to use only sustainable raw materials along with eco-friendly harvesting and production processes."
|Artisan profile : Doungnapa Wongpae|
|Artisan profile : Cha- Aim|
Ezistock's blog has a wonderful collection of posts about each artisan. The profiles explain how they came by their passion and often includes pictures of the artisans at work. Some of their stories are inspiring like that of Sakda Phetdarakul who courageously struck out on his own as a benjarong (traditional Thai hand painted porcelain ware) artisan with very little start up funds.
Others like artist Innop Wonga-nut luckily had the support of his older siblings.
Some of the artisans have years of experience behind them. One was actually taught by his father-in-law, a skilled leather silhouette artisan. Aphisit Jromsris explained that for some reason, the women like his wife in leather work families do not do the carving but handle the coloring and other processes instead.
A number of the crafts were made by women from the hill tribes. These cushion covers with bright blue embroidery are absolutely divine.
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