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PatPat’s Vetiver Handicraft  / Thailand BIG+BIH 2016

PatPat’s Vetiver Handicraft / Thailand BIG+BIH 2016

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej proposed vetiver technology as a way to conserve soil and water. The initiative led to the setting up of the Chaipattana Foundation’s PatPat Handicrafts Project.

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Photographs: Sungwan Phrathep

Vetiver grass has long roots, which makes it a perfect choice for preventing soil erosion and conserving ground moisture. Since King Bhumibol first promoted its use, vetiver grass has been widely popular among agriculturists all over Thailand.

To encourage roots to development, vetiver grass needs to be cut often. As a result, the Chaipattana foundation under HM the King’s patronage has developed PatPat handicraft products from vetiver grass cuttings as a way to increase incomes for farmers.

Vetiver prevents soil surface from eroding.
Vetiver prevents soil surfaces from eroding. (Courtesy of PatPat)

PatPat furniture and decorative items are handmade by local farmers from different provinces. With help from PatPat development teams, designs are kept minimal, with sometimes a hint of color where needed.

PatPat vetiver collection is currently on exhibit and available for purchase at the Thailand BIG+BIH exhibition, October 22-23, 2016. Optionally, you can also call PatPat at 02-282-6406 for more details.

 

Lightweight vetiver grass is fashioned into unusual curves in this unique chair.
Lightweight vetiver grass is fashioned into unusual curves in this unique chair.
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Vetiver seat cushion, supported by legs from the hardwood tree Kratinthepa (Acacia Mangium)
Handy bird and elephant vetiver brushes.
Handy bird and elephant vetiver brushes.
These versatile, easy-to-carry baskets can be used for laundry, trash, or storage.
These versatile, easy-to-carry baskets can be used for laundry, trash, or storage.
Fun color combinations make each piece unique.
Fun color combinations make each piece unique.
Vetiver is a good material for weaving. It has a neutral color and soft pleasant texture.
Vetiver is a good material for weaving. It has a neutral color and soft pleasant texture.
Colored strips and small Northern Thai ornaments add interesting elements to round vetiver baskets.
Colored strips and small Northern Thai ornaments add interesting elements to round vetiver baskets.
Grasses are woven into a circular form.
Grasses are woven into a circular form.
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