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    Thailand has many old and unusual cottage industries.

    One of them is the business of umbrella?

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    Thailand has many old and unusual cottage industries.

    One of them is the business of umbrella making. In chieng Mai province of northern Thailand, there is a village devoted almost solely to the manufacture of umbrellas, which have become something of a national symbol.

    The village is one os the tourist attractions in Chieng Mai, which the government began to promote as a tourist area three years ago.

    The umbrellas made there are also an export earner.

    SYNOPSIS: Actually, the business is a matter of co-operation between two neighbouring villages. The frames, handles and ribs of the umbrellas are prepared at one village where bamboo is grown. Then, the finished frames are handed over to the umbrella village for further work.

    The covers of the umbrellas are made of various fabrics, but mainly from paper and from silk, which in itself is a major industry in rural Thailand. They are also made in many sizes, from a size suitable for dolls and children's toys, up to beach parasols and garden decorations. The village is popular with tourists, who've been attracted to Chieng Mai as part of a government campaign which started three years ago. The umbrellas made in this village are also potential source of export earnings for Thailand....a fact not lost on the villagers.

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