Writer: Editor Team
To attract new generations of customers, manufacturers needed to create new ideas and products. In other words, carry forward the ancestors’ local wisdom required adaptation to match new generation.
Yan LiPhao products were the famous craft from the southern provinces of Thailand such as Satun, Songkhla, Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and especially Nakhon Si Thammarat where Yan LiPhao products were the most famous. Yan LiPhao products were the valuable craft made of the local vine widely found in the south. The plant itself was durable and lasted for hundred years. Villagers weaved Yan LiPhao into cigarette box, basket, teakettle, handbag, tray, fan, bird cage etc. for generations.
Yan LiPhao products have been developed to be various styles of handbag. From local southern products, they became widely known in every part of Thailand. To create Yan LiPhao products was somewhat sophisticated. Yan LiPhao needed to be torn in to yarns, put in water and pressed into the equally smallest yarns. These Yan LiPhao yarns were then weaved around rattan or bamboo frames.
Weaving Yan LiPhao products requires time, expertise and effort so how to preserve it is a challenging question.
The answer is that we have to adapt Yan LiPhao products to the current trend. Now we see many ideas out of the box from Nakhon Si Thammarat weavers. For example, the Boonyarat Thai Craft collective has created innovative products like Yan LiPhao iPhone cases to attract modern customers along with various kinds of accessories, while the traditional Yan Liphao bags have evolved into a new product line consisting of tote and clutch bags to respond to the needs of the metropolitan consumers. These adaptations made Yan LiPhao survive.