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Start your Bangkok shopping tour searching for Thai silk. In general, Thai silk is a bit thicker and also stiffer than its Chinese or European counterparts; transformed into a suit it tends to be sturdier. It may also look better on women than men; however, it can easily be turned into splendid evening apparel or a business suit by one of Bangkok's tailors. Also popular are pillow covers, scarves, ties, and bags. A northeastern silk called Mudmee, is a form of tie-dye where the threads are dyed before being manufactured on a loom. It can be distinguished by its very subtle pattern of zigzagged lines and usually appears in more somber hues such as dark blue, maroon or deep yellow.
Thailand mines its very own rubies and sapphires, and has found its place as the world's leading cutter of colored gems. Rubies range from a pale to a deep red (e.g. "pigeon's blood"); sapphires come in blue, yellow and green, as well as in the form of the Thailand Star Sapphire. Many zircons are heat-treated to turn red itto colorless, which enhances their beauty but lowes their overall value. Thailand in the international jewelry market is rivaled only by Sri Lanka and India. Thai craftsmen turn gold, white-gold silver, and platinum into fine-looking jewelry settings, and the workmanship is generally good. Local craftsmen can produce traditional or modern designs.
Antique shops should be next when you are Bangkok shopping. Do clear the customer's purchases through the Department of Fine Arts, where you can obtain the export permits and ship them. The process is lengthy and time-consuming if you attempt to do this by yourself.
Thai craftsmen are highly skilled at oyster shell setting aglow in black lacquer backgrounds to create scenes of captivating beauty. Since Thai mother-of-pearl is made from the Turban shell, it doesn’t separate and flake as the Chinese variety does. Make sure it is actually lacquer and not black paint. The difference is in the sheen; lacquer shines, paint does not.
Thai craftsmen also do extremely well at overlaying wooden or bamboo items with glossy black lacquer, and on this black lacquer ware "canvas" they paint scenes in gold leaf. Many shops carry Burmese lacquer ware, which is made by applying a matte red lacquer over bamboo or wicker items.
Thai Pottery and ceramics
According to archaeological evidence, Thais have been using ceramic pots for 5,000 years. From as early as 3600 BC, the red whorl pottery of Ban Chiang, the prehistoric site in the northeast, is a historical artifact and its export is prohibited.
Other artifacts are the ceramic plates of Sangkhaloke, with their distinctive twin fish design similar to the Pisces sign, which originates from kilns near Thailand's capital of 13th-century Sukhothai and which keeps turning up in shipwrecks discovered in the Gulf of Siam.
Some of the most beautiful Thai stoneware objects are called celadon; with a light jade green or dark-brown glaze. Most likely they originated in China and were recreated in northern Thailand in the 13th century, celadon glaze, created from wood ash (no dyes added), is characterized by a polished surface overlaying fine crazing. Pieces include dinnerware, lamps, serving platters, statuary and others.
A style of ceramics that originated in China is Bencharong, it was further developed by Thai artists. Bencha is Sanskrit for five, and rong means color. The five colors, of Bencharong are red, blue, yellow, green, and white. And they appear on delicate porcelain bowls, containers, ashtrays and other decorative items. There are few antique Bencharong pieces to be found. Blue-and white porcelain China, has been produced extensively in Thailand since ancient times. Antique pieces around, but craftsmen are prolific in turning out a wide range of imitations, with quality ranging from superior to the barely passable.
If you are weary of Bangkok sightseeing or Bangkok shopping, try to immerse yourself in Bangkok's nightlife. Notorious as a red-light district, Patpong Road is also known as the place to shop for fake designer goods in Bangkok. The closed road, bordered by Bangkok massage parlors and Bangkok nightclubs, is filled during the evening with hundreds of vendors selling items all labeled with designer names.
Bangkok shopping usually begins around 7 p.m. and bargaining is a Bangkok shopping 'must'. Language is not a problem – a calculator will be handed over bearing the much to high asking price. Punch in your counter-offer and the bargaining begins. If you want to buy a fake watch, reproductions of timepieces by Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Tag Heuer and Gucci, are all sold at a fraction of their actual price. Clothes are a safer and usually more durable purchase. Men's “brand clothing” comes as Nike, Hilfiger, Armani and Polo Ralph Lauren. The quality can greatly vary, so examine each piece carefully. Shoes bear the labels of Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Timberland. For women, popular brands are and Morgan. Reproduction of shoes by Prada, GUCCI and Ferragamo proliferate. Purses carry the names Louis Vuitton, Celline and Valentino. Some actually look genuine.
These goods can be found almost anywhere in Bangkok, the buzzing streets of Patpong provide the only original thing, the feel, as backdrop to an evening of Bangkok shopping bargain hunting. Bangkok Public Transport will tell you how to get there.
Dolls clothed in classical dance or Thai hill tribe costumes, rag dolls in contemporary clothes, Tukata chao wong, the tiny, painted clay dolls belonging to royal daughters in former days, and generally sold as sets depicting everyday scenes, are all easily to be had on your Bangkok shopping tour.
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