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Rare traditional skills on display in masterpiece collection of jewellery and handicrafts

Dec 19. 2020
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By The Nation

Lotus Arts de Vivre, who combine a perfect mix of beautiful nature and Asian highly-skilled handicraft that has been passed on from generation to generation to create accessories, bags, and home decoration items, celebrated its 38th anniversary with a new masterpiece work from almost lost textile arts and modern twist.

Presents of Presence A Lotus Art de Vivre Masterpiece 2020 collection unveils the masterpiece jewellery collection including bracelets, rings, and earrings from rare deep-water seashells decorated with gold at high value, necklace and earring set made from crafted coconut shell decorated with gold, golden ring decorated with crafted emerald, Yok Thong fabric bag from Nakhon Si Thammarat from Noen Thammang Arts and Crafts Center as well as home decoration items such as a small wooden table, trendy designed lamp, and silver crafted wood in animal shapes, etc.

Nicki von Bueren, CEO of Lotus Arts de Vivre, stated that Lotus Arts de Vivre is an accessory and home decoration brand originated in Thailand. Even though his father, Rolf von Bueren, the founder of the brand, is German and his mother (Helen von Bueren) is half Thai-Scottish, both of them are obsessed and amazed by the beauty of Thai arts and culture. His father always says that “Thailand preserves its handicraft culture much better than most of the Asian countries through the works of arts & crafts centres up until today”.

Rolf von Bueren (left) and Nicki von Bueren (right)

He said his family would like to be part of inheriting this beautiful culture so we have created the masterpiece collection including Thai handbag made from 2 pieces of Yok Thong fabric from Noen Thammang Arts and Crafts Center, Nakhon Si Thammarat in blue and red to create a limited edition with 36 bags available. These 2 pieces of fabric are stunningly beautiful and very delicately made mixed with other materials to create a Thai handbag that is trendy, luxury, and matches with the modern lifestyle.

Gold Ring with Rubellite Diamond. 18K Gold Ring embellished with Rubellite, Round Rose Cut, Triangle Rose-cut and Baguette Diamonds. Baguette Diamonds 0.34 ct Triangle Rose Cut Diamond 0.25 ct Round Rose Cut Diamonds 0.02 ct Rubellite 3.31 ct

Akkharajaya Kaewaphon, Thai fabric expert with more than 10 years of experience and former storekeeper at the Fabric Museum under Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Royal Patronage, revealed that in the year 1993, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit visited the people at Ban Noen Thammang and realize their poverty problem with their main income relying on farming. Her Majesty then presented the Arts & Craft Center at Ban Noen Thammang, Amphoe Chian Yai which nowadays is Noen Thammang Arts and Crafts Center. In the process, Her Majesty also commanded that Yok fabric production, which has been forgotten, was to be restored resulting in additional income for the people during off-farming season.

Akkharajaya Kaewaphon

Yok Thong fabric from Nakhon Si Thammarat done by highly-skilled craftsmen is a cultural treasure as it is very complicated to make. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit ordered that the masters from the Arts and Craft Center studied the patterns and production technique which took them 2 years to understand before starting to revitalize it. In the ancient time, Yok Thong fabric from Nakhon Si Thammarat is regarded as top quality and beautiful. It is the fabric that kings presented to his royal families or high-class nobles. At the present, Yok Thong Silk is made for the Royal Khon Performance instead of importing from outside Thailand. It is not available for public purchase and is made from natural colour in red and blue.

Woven Jewelled Silapacheep Handbag with Carved red coral Blooming Roses. Inspired by the foundation laid by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother, the Silapacheep Silk patterns were elegantly designed by Lotus Arts de Vivre to hand-make this bag. The handle of the bag has been hand carved in Black Wood and ornately decorated with Black Rhodium-plated Sterling Silver. Carefully selected Silapacheep Silk patterns were then woven and covered to form this handbag, which laid the foundation of the embellishments - intricately carved Red Stone roses were set onto the Bag decorated with Rose Cut Diamonds, Iced Diamonds and Pearls.

Those who are interested can visit and own the items from December 18 at Lotus Arts de Vivre Boutique, Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

Woven Jewelled Silapacheep Hand bag with Lacquer rooster brooch. A black Thai silk handle in the clutches of Silver Talons and Gold inlay Black Wood beads holds the beautiful Handbag made with Silapacheep Silk from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Silapacheep Arts and Handicrafts Center. Decorated on the side is a Japanese Lacquer Rooster. The frame of the handbag is done in skillful damascene work, hand-designed by master craftsman Ajarn Uthai and fastened with a rich Amethyst and Pink Tourmaline clasp into the bag

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