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
The artisans are all incredibly talented. They make anything from Hill tribe bags to textile products, lacquer ware, ceramics, paintings and naturally jewelry.  Many of the pieces have a distinctive Thai style.

Artisan profile : Cha- Aim
Their range has considerably expanded since I last featured them.  I found it very difficult to pick out just a few of my favorites such is the quality.  So I highly recommend readers browse through the site.

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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