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: Tai - Dom cultural village near Chiang Khan
: admin January 02, 2012, 12:59:46 PM
We went to a cultural village last week, coming back from Chiang Khan. At first, we saw almost nothing and thought it was a joke. There was just one house, for tourist, built in bamboo. That was the tourist part.

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That is for tourist. There are some explanations in Thai...but go further. If you can, on Friday, go to a school.

This is the location of the \"traditional house\" built for tourists (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&q=17.798697,101.73630). You should go back in the village and look for the weaving factory. Then, you will see the real thing. From memory, the location of the weaving factory is about here (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&q=17.797099,101.741767).

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The handicraft are very nice and cheap. We met the people making them and they explained to us a little more. Just beside the factory, there is a kind of museum in a traditional Tai-Dom house. Dom is for \"black\" the color of the skin. The Tai-Dom were living in Vietnam/Laos. (There is a text below explaining more).

France gave some territory to China and the Tai-Dom moved into Thailand more than a century ago (I read 1905). They built that village, where you can see a lot of their influences in clothes and houses.

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Traditional and authentic Tai-Dom house.


Into that one, they made a kind of museum.

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These people had their own alphabet...

We bought some handicraft and sincerely, there was much more there if you can avoid the \"tourist area\" and go into the village.

More pictures here:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.212781602140999.51850.158964164189410&type=1&l=1b30e7be81

More info here:
http://www.tatnews.org/emagazine/5144.asp