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Amazing Craftwork at the SACICT Innovative Craft Gallery

Amazing Craftwork at the SACICT Innovative Craft Gallery

The official opening for the SACICT Innovative Craft Gallery has arrived, as Support Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand continues its  hallmark support of village-based folkcraft combined with modern design trends to produce eye-popping work and build lasting careers.

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The Gallery is located on the second floor of the main SACICT building in Bang Sai, Ayutthaya. Entering the reception area we’re treated to visions from the book SACICT Craft Trend 2018, with a fascinating arrangement of social craft network presentations illustrating the book’s high points. Each of the products on display in the “Mass X Clusivity” exhibit has a story to tell. The “Digital Detoxing” section shows us designs that bring harmony to today’s changing world.

Décor and tasteful arrangement create harmonious connections between displays. We follow the production steps of these innovative crafts as skills are brought to bear and traditional knowledge applied, culminating in their appearance on the national stage – the IICF (International Innovative Craft Fair) or the Innovative Craft Award competition, for instance – as they gain widespread recognition and interest. It’s hard to find a more remarkable collection of unique and finely crafted pieces than here at the Gallery.

Under the heading “Benjarong” (primary colors), the Thai Navatasilp exhibit shows us a perfect balance of skill, traditional knowledge, lifestyle, and modernity. Here are works that define and extend the meaning of the term, such as “Plaa Gat” (fish bite) by Witsarut Angkhahawanit and masterpieces produced by acclaimed Thai artist Wasinburi “Tiw” Suphanich-Woraphat.

Interested in creating great works of your own? Want to learn about the thought process, or the physical construction of craftwork? Get news about the Gallery’s activities through Support Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand, at or




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SACICT Concept


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SACICT Concept

SACICT Concept

Another truly interesting highlight getting a lot of attention at the 2017 Baanlaesuan Midyear Fair is the craftwork on display at the “SACICT Concept” booth set up by SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand.

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SACICT Concept in “room Terminal,” room Magazine’s super-chic section of the Fair

SACICT Concept showcases contemporary and cosmopolitan Thai handicrafts, supporting craftsmen who adapt traditional folk knowledge to fit modern design trends. The work is beautiful, leading-edge, and these artisans have built careers from it. The work shown here comes from the original showroom at the main SACICT office in Bang Sai District, Ayutthaya Province. We hope you’ll come experience this beautiful detailed workmanship right here at the 2017 Baanlaesuan Midyear Fair at BITEC Bangna.

This year SACICT Concept has presentations in two locations, one at the Fair entrance, and the other in room Magazine’s “room Terminal.” Come along with Living ASEAN as we take you on a mini-tour of craft products, the beautiful décor of the main booth, and fascinating highlights created by five uniquely talented award-winning traditional artisans, notably:

“Phraewa cloth” woven in the Phu Thai tradition: Jintanapha Phonatha, Traditional Craftsman of 2014, learned the trade from her teacher, Wanida Phonatha. The intricate elegance of Phu Thai hand-woven silk originated in Ban Phon, Kham Muang District, Kalasin Province, where high-level knitting and weaving skills and contemporary design are taught. Products range from utilitarian household items to women’s accessories.

Old-fashioned toys: craftsman Thaweesap Namkhajonrote, 2017 Traditional Craftsman, creates charming and colorful Thai traditional toys such as tops, mobiles, wooden hammers, etc., all from an ancestral folk tradition that employs local knowledge to engage children in building and practicing physical, mental, emotional, social, and perceptual skills through play.

Lipao woven baskets: Noppharat Thongsephee, 2014 Traditional Craftsman, with contemporary products such as handbags and multipurpose storage boxes woven from the lipao climbing vine, using fashionable modern color and pattern design trends to create beautiful products that appeal to the international market.

Reed weaving: Phat Namphiwong, 2016 Traditional Craftsman, learned his craft from artisan and teacher Reuangyot Namphiwong. Phat puts great love and intention into his work, adapting and applying his knowledge and taking inspiration from Japanese woven fabrics to create new woven-reed products with soft textures. Formerly reeds were used only to make mats, but Phat’s creations include placemats, coasters, and bags.

Burmese Clay Pots: 2017 Traditional Artisan Phongphan Chaiyanil brought pot-throwing techniques learned in Hanthawaddy, Myanmar back home to Koh Kret. Adapting his skills and expertise to a 200-year pottery tradition, he developed forms and patterns from everyday life that emerge as charming, artistic masterpieces of home décor.

Here you’ll find many more interesting works from the Innovative Craft Award competition held each year at the IICF (International Innovative Craft Fair), every piece beautiful and worth owning. If you miss this year’s Baanlaesuan Fair, they’re available at SACICT Concept, Bang Sai District, Ayutthaya Province.




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SACICT Craft Trend 2018: Focus on the Community, Collaboration, and an Escape from Confusion


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SACICT Craft Trend 2018: Focus on the Community, Collaboration, and an Escape from Confusion

SACICT Craft Trend 2018: Focus on the Community, Collaboration, and an Escape from Confusion

Crafts have become top trending topics in the world of design nowadays. Advances in technology have led to increased collaboration and endless creativity. A newly launched book, “SACICT Craft Trend 2018,” offers a glimpse into future craft trends and touches upon the concept of social craft networking, mass exclusivity, and digital detoxing.

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Product design under the “Hand to Hand” concept represents the latest in further developments from last year’s SACICT Craft Trend. This couch and coffee-table set is the fruit of creative partnership between designers and the community.
“Bua,” or large water lilies, won First Prize at the Innovative Craft Award 2017. It’s designed by Chalermkiat Somdulyawat and Kawisara Anansaringkarn, in partnership with the Baan Bart community.

Every year the SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand collects and analyzes information about works of art, crafts, and design all over world. The organization presents a digest of its findings in the book series SACICT Craft Trend. The 2018 Edition touches upon three top trending topics, namely Social Craft Network, Mass Exclusivity, and Digital Detoxing.

The July 4 official launch of “SACICT Craft trend 2018” was attended by leading brand and trend experts. Among them was Jeremiah Pitakwong, MD Amarin Printing and Publishing Public Co, Ltd, who discussed several aspects of the Social craft network. As he put it: “The concept is not about giving financial support. Rather, it focuses on collaboration and increased opportunities for people who do craftwork. Social craft Networking is about creative partnership, sharing experiences, and exchanging knowledge of production methods. None of these happened in the past. Today, advances in communication technology have taken the propagation of information to a whole new level. People from across the globe are now able to interact with one another and work together.”

Designer Stanley Ruiz of the Philippines said that working with the community gave him the opportunity to raise the level of activity and energy in local craft makers. This in turn gave people in the locality power to further develop and create new products that would sell.

Jeremiah Pitakwong , MD Amarin Printing and Publishing Public Co, Ltd, gives a talk on Social Craft Network at the official launch of the 2018 Edition of SACICT Craft Trend.
Designer Stanley Ruiz of the Philippines presents his works before an audience at the SACICT Craft Trend 2018 book launch.
“Teepamalee,” a suspended floral design by Savin Saima of the Innovative Craft Award 2017 project
“Phun Partition,” a desktop workspace divider and organizer in one. // Design: Thinkk Studio and the Weavers Village at Baan Bang Chao Cha, Angthong Province // From: Thai Innovative Crafts // By: SACICT.


– Social Craft Network –

Social craft networking is handpicked for the main topic in innovative crafts this year. Looking at it from a wider perspective, it appears that modern handicrafts today differ greatly from those in the past in that they require a great deal of design collaboration. It’s the partnership between designers and craft makers that gives rise to unconventional creativity, or out-of- the-box thinking. It transcends disciplinary boundaries, goes beyond one’s natural ability, and flies across the continent.

Aptly named “Natural Dip Wall,” this accent wall is covered with 32 fabric slabs made from natural fiber. // Design: Plural Design and the Kaew-wanna Natural Mohom Fabric Group, Muang District, Phrae Province // From: Thai Innovative Crafts // By: SACICT.
Tribal details are somewhat reduced to give throw pillows a simpler, more modern look. // Design: Trimode Studio and the U-thong Quilting Group, Suphan Buri Province // From: Thai Innovative Crafts // By SACICT.
This AYA furniture line from the Vincent Sheppard brand is designed by Sep Verboom, who combines the wicker weaving technique of Indonesia with upholstery fabric made by Belgian artisans.

Social Craft Network

Social Craft Network

The “SACICT Craft Trend 2018” display centered on the idea of a “Social CRAFT Network” enabling escape from the confusion of the social world to focus on design work that would produce intriguing and impressive art.

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“SACICT Craft Trend 2018” gave a view into the future of contemporary crafts for entrepreneurs, manufacturers, designers, and those who find enchantment not only in elegance handicrafts, but also in the unique imperfections of handcrafted items, and who want to not only learn more, but expand the circle of arts and crafts lovers.

The Social Craft Network is trending widely this year, using technology already in people’s lives to create a virtual society where needed information is right at their fingertips. These days, though, there is so much information at hand so quickly and easily that it’s bewildering, and we often just want to shut our eyes and rest. Design work itself provides a path allowing escape into more peaceful places in the mind.

Innovative hand-made ceramics resulting from experimentation and techniques of master craftsmen, developed into new forms and color combinations by Puri.

“Digital detoxing” is a good way to limit present-day escapism, and results in design trends based on actual usage of items by the consumer in daily life: walking, sitting, sleeping, for example. When people need rest, the designer’s solution is to meditate on what is most easily understood, not complex, seeking simple solutions that will improve daily life.

“Mass exclusivity” refers to extended development of handicrafts into industrial production, where concepts of craftsmanship are coordinated with industrial systems to mass-produce handicrafts without losing their unique character while at the same time reducing production costs.

Natural stone designed in novel forms for various uses, for example “TUB,” usable as either paperweight or door stopper, and “PLIG” multipurpose containers, designed by THINKK STUDIO, from SACICT

New Thai Craftwork Designs Go World-class

New Thai Craftwork Designs Go World-class

The International Innovative Craft Fair 2017, or IICF 2017, is now behind us, with its brilliant updated display of chic, stylish forms of contemporary Thai handicraft skills on the international stage.

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IICF, this year’s International Innovative Craft Fair, was sponsored by Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand, which had its own “SACICT Concept” booth displaying many offerings from a new generation of Thai craftwork designers: household ornaments, furnishings, tableware, and more, from an astonishing selection of fashionable items to mix and match.

The Fair was full of excitement. Basketwork, eye-catching ceramics, minimalist wood creations, indigo-dyed cloth, silk fabric in unique and novel forms, all examples of the transformation of intricate thought and production processes into high-quality handcrafted work. There were amazing seminars on selected arts and crafts topics, and workshops galore where participants could jump in to test their own creative skills.



Creative Economy on Culture by SACICT // Thailand BIG+BIH 2016

Creative Economy on Culture by SACICT // Thailand BIG+BIH 2016

In this year’s Thailand BIG + BIH 2016, we explored SACICT exhibition on developing Thai’s handicraft to global level and integrating different body of knowledge together.

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Photos: SACICT 


Nian, by Jaoban
Nian mirror, by Jaoban

To promote Thailand’s handicraft industry in the competitive global market, Creative Economy on Culture by SACICT (The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand) has rolled out the following interesting projects:

Future Value of Crafts – SACICT Craft Trend forecasts trending styles of handicraft products in 2017 not only to globally promote Thai craftsmanship, but to encourage local artisans to be aware of current global fashion.


Future Value of Crafts Exhibition

– Under the Touch of Nature concept, Thailand’s emerging designers are collaborating with artisans and craftsmen to create various types of fine craftwork.

Participating in LUXX by SACICT are these renowned brands; Yothaka, AYODHYA, Korakot, Jaoban, and Pin Metal Art, among many others.

To see a state-of-the-art exhibition, visit Thailand BIG+BIH 2016 during the weekend of October 22-23, 2016 at BITEC, Bangkok.

Metal pedant lights, by Pin Metal Art


Crown, by Baanchaan Export
Crown, by Baanchaan Export
Zero Mirror, by Korakot International and Hug Easy Chair, by Natural Unit
Zero Mirror, by Korakot International and Hug Easy Chair, by Natural Unit
Leaf Cabinet, by THELIFESHOP
Leaf Cabinet, by THELIFESHOP
Durian Basket, by Yothaka
Durian Basket, by Yothaka
Moo-Mu, by Yothaka
Moo-Mu, by Yothaka
Chuan Lhong Vase, by Chuanlhong Ceramic
Chuan Lhong Vase, by Chuanlhong Ceramic



Cultural Blends – SACICT Craft Trend Book 2017

Cultural Blends – SACICT Craft Trend Book 2017

Crafts are not objects from the past anymore. Designers and users in the modern world realize that the story behind products are worthy not only for money but for sentimental value also.


The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) published SACICT Craft Trend 2017 to represents a confluence of new ideas in innovative crafts. It is the embodiment of interesting collections, research, and a fresh look at what have been trending in the world of arts and crafts. The project began in 2014 with the introduction of original SACICT products made by combining traditional wisdom and craftsmanship with today’s contemporary design. The effort was aimed at identifying the design and creating the kind of products that would best meet world market trends.

This year, Craft trends were presented in 4 categories and storytelling is the highlight of the showcase.


Cultural Blends

In today’s world where many cultures blend together as one, people are interacting and talking an interest in objects of handicraft. They become more curious about the origin, the craftsmanship and the techniques used in manufacturing those beautiful crafts.

The Gregoria Chair by Ito Kish, Philippines.
Performing Folded Bamboo Container with Vietnamese shape, use Burmese scraping techniques on pattern work. From Cross Cultural Crafts by SACICT.
The Benjarong jar assembled from many tiny ceramic pieces by SACICT.
Zigzag Table Runner, rope and leather weaving techniques since ancient Egyptian era for the decorating sheet. From Thai Navatasilp by SACICT.


Community-Inspired Crafts

The community provides plenty of inspirations for craft market. For many localities, craft making is not just a livelihood. It is also the heart and soul of life that makes the community strong and self-reliant.

New pattern of Kaomah from Thai Navatasilp by SACICT.
Arita town in Saga, Japan. The birthplace of Japanese ceramics.
The Lattice Collection designed by The Bouroullac brothers for Nanimarquina, hand made in Pakistan.
Bark Design Vase, pottery vase from Baan Chiang, Udon Thani, Thailand. From Sustainable Crafts by SACICT.
Natural stone with local feelings by Alvin T, Indonesia.


Hand to Hand

Artisanal skills get passed down from generation to generation. This long-standing tradition is told through the objects of handicraft that master artisans make. Today many craftsmen continue to make their goods the old-fashioned way, providing an impetus for new generations of designers to emulate.

Zumitz screen by Aki.
Julia Chair, inspired by grandma’s bamboo chair made of rattan, PE and wood. Designed by Ito Kish, Philippines.


Avalon, the mat combining modern appearance with familiar weaving techniques by PDM Brand.


Story of the Forest

Some beautiful works of art are inspired by nature. This part of the SACICT craft trend 2017 deals with how natural elements are incorporated in the making of contemporary style handicrafts.

Charcoal vase from Innovative Craft Award 2016 by SACICT.
Nano Bio Ravana, the art piece combining the handicraft from pure cellolose fiber, Acetobacter Xylinum by using the broken-milled rice. From Innovative Craft Award 2016 by SACICT.
Bio-Vide, table top made of the fallen leaves and resin through hot-press. Designed by Takuma Yamazaki.
Home accessories inspired by the chicken cage in traditional Thai style. From Thai Navatasilp by SACICT.

Photo credit : SACICT Craft Trend Book 2017