Face of Strength African Wood Mask and Coat Hook (West Africa)

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ITEM# 19881891
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    ITEM#: 19881891

    Crafted by hand, this beautiful picture frame displays treasured photographs. Nikom immortalizes dried flowers in white saa, or mulberry bark paper.

    Product Features:
    • Worldstock Country: Thailand
    • Type: Desk Frame
    • Material: Wood
    • Size: 4x6
    • Color: White

    Story Behind the Art:

    My name is Nikom Boontunjeen and I was born in Thailand in the early 1960s. I grew up in a village known for their saa paper parasols. I was a regular and filial country child, and often helped my parents crafting umbrellas. I studied in Bangkok, then I came back home and set up my saa paper and umbrella workshop. It was very inspiring to work with family and friends who shared the same interest. We improved the design as well as the patterns, and changed stages in the procedure and techniques in order to improve the quality. The doors to our workshop are open to the public, so that everyone can come and learn about the crafting and decorating processes. When demand for our products is great, I dispatch work to people living nearby. I think this has a major impact on their life because it can be a part time or full time job. And for those who already have a job, it can be a way to earn extra money. I provide them with the design and raw materials. This way they work at home with their family, at their own pace, without stress, without the burden that comes with business responsibilities. Moreover they do not need to leave their homes to find work in larger cities, living uprooted and far away from their loved ones. Today, although I still mainly craft umbrellas, fans, and accessories made of saa paper and fabric, I try to brersify with other lines. I tend to keep to traditional Thai patterns, but I also have been creating new designs, either my own ideas or suggested by customers. I am proud to say that my products are traditional, decorative, useful, and locally made. I am married and we have two children. I would like us to travel, see our country and the world, but I want to improve my craft first. Saa paper has been handmade in Thailand for more than 700 years from the bark of the mulberry tree. The saplings are coppiced and the bark is stripped from the branches and dried. The smallest branches produce the best quality bark and it takes therefore a full day for one person to harvest just ten pounds of good quality washed and dried bark. Because the mulberry tree is a fast growing variety, the branches, once cut, are quickly replenished and can be cut again the following year, while the tree itself lives its natural course. The bark is soaked in clear water for about 24 hours. Then it is boiled with several kinds of ashes in cauldrons over a naked flame to soften the fibers. It is left to cool and soak overnight and then rinsed many times until clean. Dyes are added if necessary and the fibers are beaten to a pulp with mallets. Fibers are then put into a tank of clean water and stirred with a paddle until they are suspended in the water. They are hand-sifted with a screen, and the screen full of fibers is placed in the sun to dry. The fibers on the screen become a sheet of paper that can be peeled off easily.

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    Style Traditional
    Material Aluminum, Wood
    Color Brown
    Organizer Type Accessories & Hardware
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
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      Really nice mask that does a great job at being a coat hook. I have it mounted on the back of the door of our guest bedroom and it pops well on the white backdrop. As long as it holds up, it'll stay 5 stars!!

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