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Silver and Metal Crafts in Chiang Mai

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jun• 03•10

Hammered aluminum craft at Louis Silverware in Chiang Mai

Influenced by Shan and Burmese traditions, Chiang Mai silverwork is different from that which you’ll find further south.  Silver has been a tradition in the Lanna area since a large influx of Burmese silversmiths arrived here in the 13th century.  In the Wua Lai village, just south, and within walking distance, of the Chiang Mai gate, you’ll find several small shops specializing in the art form.  Chiang Mai silver is hammered from a disc created from nuggets of silver, then beaten into a basic shape.  Repoussée patterns are then created by hammering, then hand-tooled.  

Recently in Chiang Mai, there has appeared the interesting craft of hammered aluminum, consisting of larger pieces that serve either as hangable art, or for design elements on buildings.  Two of the more notable shops showcasing fine hammered aluminum work are Louis Silverware, and the small shop facing Wat  Sri Suphan.

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