Thai Hill Tribe Silver

The craft silver products from Karen in northern Thailand. All items are handmade jewelry product is produced with a unique technique Every piece of silver jewelry products are handmade which are produced with a unique technique inherited from the ancestors of Karen from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

These beautiful and perfect work pieces requires skill, patience and truly love.There are a variety of our products such as bracelets, earrings, rings, Beads, Pendant and many others because Karen’s lifestyle is very closed and related to the nature. Therefore, the workpieces have been mainly inspired by nature.

The work pieces have patterns and shapes of nature such as flowers, leaves, water creatures such as shells, crabs, fishes or cute little creatures such as butterflies, dragonflies. There is also a pattern that expression of faith, religion and lifestyle of the tribe which is charming and very beautiful.

Find unique beads made from fine silver in our selection of  Thai Hill Tribe silver beads. All of these beads are made by the Karen Hill Tribe silversmiths in northern Thailand using traditional tribal methods. Each piece is made by hand using primitive tools, so a lot of work and detail goes into each bead. Purchasing these genuine Thai silver beads helps sustain a traditional craft and provides the Karen people with a reliable source of income.

These items are beautiful pieces of art, as well as excellent conversational pieces. These beads will leave you feeling satisfied and keep you looking stylish.


Settlement history of the Karen in Thailand

The assumption that original Karen lived in the east of Tibet, later emigrated to the Kingdom in China 733 years earlier era. The Chinese called them Zhou people. Later they migrated to the Yangtze River and Yunnan River then retreated to the Mekong and Salween rivers. Karen emigrated, settled in Burma before expanding into the area of ​​Thailand. They settled in the mountains of the eastern border of Myanmar and emigrated to the west of Thailand. Currently, there are approximately 353,347 Karens in Thailand, are scattered by different sectors. Karen hill tribe is the highest number of tribal groups in Thailand, accounted for 40 percent of all hill tribes among 6 hill tribes in Thailand which are Karen, Hmong, Mien, Lahu, Akha and Lisu. The provinces that have a lot of Karen population living are Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Lamphun, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Rai, Phrae, Uthai Thani, Suphan Buri, Lampang, Sukhothai, Ratchaburi, Lampang, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan.Karen tribe is a group of people who love peace, bond with nature and do not like fighting or violence. In the past Karen always avoided not to engage with people outside of their community, and they often located in remote villages far from other communities. Karens have their own language, a particular style of dress, have faith and respect for the forces of nature. Currently, Karens are settled in Thailand on the foothills and plains near the river. Agriculture and animal husbandry are their main occupations. As for Karen in the highlands of northern Thailand, have the ability to invent silver accessories and jewelry which is the cultural heritage of the tribe. Wearing silver jewelry in various styles in addition is for the beauty and a talisman to prevent danger to the faith of the tribe and is also indicative of the social status of tribes as well.

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