• Short Summary

    Housewives in Thailand have turned to making artificial flowers out of silk. This small cottage?

  • Description

    Housewives in Thailand have turned to making artificial flowers out of silk. This small cottage industry is providing a lucrative income for the house-bound women, and an unusual souvenir for tourists.

    The women work in groups of 20 to 30. The flowers they produce are made almost entirely by hand -- a small treadle sewing machine and an electric iron are often their only mechanical aids. Raw materials are cheap -- there's an abundant and cheap supply of the famous Thai silk, and wire or bamboo sticks are used to reinforce the flowers.

    The range of flowers is endless -- from tiny rose-buds to enormous tulips and sunflowers. Most sell for about 3 U.S. dollars each (about GBP 1.25 sterling) in the hotel lobbies and souvenir shops of Bangkok. There's also an export market -- Europe and the United states are the main buyers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2AGE2ZSMVLMXRMVG77FGI49PP
    Media URN:
    VLVA2AGE2ZSMVLMXRMVG77FGI49PP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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