By The Nation
All proceeds from sales will go to charitable causes under the foundation.
Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha graciously appointed Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendiradebyavati to kindly preside over the opening of the event on Monday.
Elaborative handbags and a wide variety of handicrafts have been created and made from pieces of fabric and leather donated by many companies, as well as reusable and fashionable products made by disabled war veterans under the Sai Jai Thai Foundation.
The foundation was set up in 1975 after His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother benevolently spoke about fostering veterans and their families. HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great graciously appointed HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to be chairman of the foundation to help war veterans earn a living despite their disabilities. The foundation's training programmes include leather work, tailoring, woodwork and painting.
The opening ceremony featured a special performance with the theme being a throne celebration performed by leading actress Diana Flipo. She wore the latest collection of silk with prints of seven flowers and was joined by more than 30 guest models. Renowned singer Pijika Jittaputta performed a mini-concert on stage.
Product highlights include a limited collection of bags and satin silk scarves with wild bird prints designed by national artist in applied arts (architecture) Nithi Sathapitanon. The scarves aim to raise environmental awareness. There will also be a demonstration on mosaic painting. Shoppers can personalise the hand-painting style on the products they purchase at the event.
Thanpuying Puengjai Sinthawanon, foundation committee and deputy manager, said that Sai Jai Thai Week has been held continuously to promote the mission of helping military veterans and their families earn a living.
“By providing them with vocational training, they can make money from the products they produce. At present, there are more than 4,000 families throughout the country who are the foundation’s members. We still follow their Majesties’ wishes to foster them to live sustainably by helping them earn a living. Meanwhile, many colourful products under the Kamlangjai Project, or Inspire Project, graciously initiated by HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha, will add to the event.”
Said Sub-Lieutenant Suwit Srisrok, 70: “Although I have long retired, the foundation still provides me with the opportunity to work. I had no knowledge about leatherwork, but Sai Jai Thai Foundation trained me. It has now been more than 30 years that I, a disabled veteran, can make a living by making leather products. It was the late King Bhumibhol’s great benevolence that initiated the Sai Jai Thai Foundation.”