Baan Jang Nak: Preserving Lanna woodcarving
The Northern province on Chiang Mai is very well known for its arts and crafts that it has been dubbed the ‘Capital of Handicrafts’. Travel out to San Kamphaeng District to the various villages, and you’ll get to see works such as colorful Sa paper umbrellas, fine silk and fabrics, gems and jewelry, woodcarvings, and so much more.
Today’s focus is on woodcarvings. Typically, the first village that comes to mind for Thais is Baan Tawai, however, we’ll take you to the lesser-known Baan Buakkang instead. What makes this village different from others is their trademark style of woodcarving that follows traditional Lanna methods. The master sculptor, Phet Wiriya, has amassed quite a few apprentices over the years. His works center on elephants, and can be found at ‘Baan Jang Nak Museum’ (meaning ‘house of elephants’).