By The Nation
Sai Jai Thai Week will showcase more than 2,000 items of artistic endeavour as well as sell handmade products created by Sai Jai Thai members until November 27. All the proceeds go to charitable causes under The Sai Jai Thai Foundation, which assists wounded and disabled policemen, military men and volunteers, who have sacrificed their lives for the Thai nation’s stability and security.
Thanpuying Phungchai Sindhvananda, director deputy manager of the foundation, told the press that the Foundation currently has more than 4,000 members under its care and that the money would be used to enhance their abilities to support themselves and generate sufficient earnings for their own living.
“All Sai Jai Thai products are handmade and today we also offer products with value-added design. The sale is always well supported by both Thai and foreign customers who purchase Sai Jai Thai products to encourage the disabled members’ efforts, as well as to promote Thai products to the international markets and to commit to charitable causes.”
Lieutenant Tuan-Amran Koosoh, a former soldier posted to Yala and a member of The Sai Jai Thai Foundation, lost his both legs six years ago in a bomb blast. Following his physical and mental rehabilitation, he was invited by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to become a member of the Sai Jai Thai Foundation and given training in many sections, finally choosing to work in the Painting Section. For the last 18 months, he has been creating art on wooden trays.
“The Sai Jai Thai Foundation has given me the greatest opportunity to earn income and feed my family, as well as to help us have a better life,” he said.
Among the highlights of this year’s sale is a reproduction of an official portrait of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej along with Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, woven in Thai silk and framed, along with printed linen fabric and silk with a floral pattern, a unique Sai Jai Thai design.
A wide range of crafts and handmade products, including leatherwork, glasswork, paintings, woodwork and textiles will also be on sale, along with women handbags in modern design made from fabric, leather, basketry, painted wooden trays and furniture.
Find out more at (02) 183 5115, e-mail: [email protected] or visit www.SaiJaiThai.or.th.