On the 5th floor of Iconsiam was a section set aside for local crafts people. They have a series of videos on facebook, with subtitles, that are great for explaining some of the work and the artisan involved. The one I have linked to here looks at embroidery which to me is very much influenced by Boro stitching from Japan. Variations on this kind of work was to be seen in other craft markets as well and was not cheap. I looked at buying a dress that was $260 but I didn't have enough cash with me and they didn't have a credit card machine.
These are some of the stitched bags I saw. I am looking at this is as a future class, maybe.
What I did buy from this floor were two small weaving frames for my grand-daughters.
The instructions are all in Thai, which isn't helpfull, but as they are simple looms I bought them anyway. I had seen lots of children working at looms when we visited the hill tribes, so I thought they would make a good craft activity for our Monday afternoons.
I thought I had better give it a try first and quickly came to the conclusion that I had better put this away until they are a little older. I had forgotten how you have to watch the edges, beat down the thread continually and lots of other little tricks.
(This is a mat for the dolls house.)
This little frame is only about 5cm x 4cm and I used almost 2 reels of old tapestry wool to do this much. I hate to think how much yarn I would need for the bigger frame. The bigger frame would be easier to use but would take a lot longer to finish. So I will pack them away for another day.