Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center – Chiang Mai




Another visit you should make sure not to skip while visiting Chiang Mai is a visit to one of the saa paper and paper umbrella handicraft places. You can find some of these in the city center of Chiang Mai but we visited a couple of handicraft locations along road 1006 in San Kamphaeng District. The road in this area has multiple handicraft places that make not only saa paper and paper umbrellas but also Thai silk and silverware.

Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center

We visited the Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center. Here you can experience by yourself how the paper is made and next how the paper is used to make various products. You can also follow the whole process of how paper umbrellas are made and then painted. The artists painting the umbrellas are also happy to paint anything you want to have decorated. You pay a small amount for that and then watch how they paint the picture that you have selected.

Painting of a saa paper photo album
Painting of a saa paper photo album

Saa paper is made from the bark of a saa or mulberry tree. The bark is made wet and then beaten for a long time till a mushy mix remains. The mix is then spread over rectangular frames and set to dry. The result is beautiful hand made paper.

Sa paper set to dry
Saa paper set to dry

To make the paper umbrella they use bamboo sticks that are split to make fine spikes for frame of the umbrella. Once the frame is made the saa paper is applied. All is glued together and finally the ground color is applied. In the last step the decoration is painted on it. While visiting the center you can witness all steps of this process and you will see umbrellas in many different sizes. It is an interesting and beautiful sight.

Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center

The center of course has a souvenir shop where can buy various hand made products. We bought our photo album here which we then had decorated by one of the artists.

Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center

If you want to sit down and enjoy some food or a drink that is of course also possible.

 

How to get here?

Road 1006 starts almost in the center of Chiang Mai and moves east to the San Kamphaeng District. The Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center is approximately 8km from the Ping river using road 1006. From the river just follow 1006 for about 8km and you will find the center on your left hand. Some of the tuk-tuks or taxi’s in Chiang Mai can bring you here quickly. Just make sure that one waits for you so you can return easily. Along the road to the Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center you will find various silverware locations as well as other saa paper factories. You can also visit a Thai silk factory.

 

Location

GPS: N18.7668, E99.0762

 

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