The sound of hammering a nail (embossing tool) louder to create elaborate pattern on an aluminum sheet as the inspiration of an Akha girl named Nanu intending to accomplish the beautiful embossing keychain. Nanu is a young generation craftsman skilled in metal embossing trained by the activity to promote occupational skills supported by World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT).
Embossing is a creative craftsmanship making elaborate pattern on a metal sheet which is a folk wisdom of people living in Northern Thailand, (Historically called Lanna Kingdom).
Mr. Tanawat Dharmanuwong, a teacher who is the pioneer of teaching metal embossing in Traimitr Wittaya School, Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai Province, was very proud when the embossing artworks made by his students were selected to be the souvenir of Chiang Rai Tourism. But what Tanawat is more proud than being selected as a tourism souvenir is his students have a working skill for their future career.
“ This project (Metal Embossing) has practiced the children having concentration and patience in creating a small artwork like a keychain to a bigger piece like the image of King Rama 9, or a dragon image. This is the valuable artwork that children spend free time after school making it, and the students also get some money as a wage. The project also helps promoting the concept of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.” Tanawat, the teacher said happily.
Tanawat has started teaching Metal Embossing since 2016 to response the ministry policy of “Moderate Class, More Knowledge” and planned to develop the class to be Children Learning Centre. The teacher told about the past “Lots of students from grade 4 to 9 were interested to apply the Metal Embossing Class but we could accept only 15 students due to the limited budget.”
At that time “Payapipak Project” pursued by World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) has been developing the project in Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai Province and has sponsored to a number of students in Traimitr Wittaya School.
The project is also aware of the importance to pass on the knowledge of Metal Embossing to next generation which will be a beneficial skill for their future career. WVTF therefore has supported the Metal Embossing Training to students and provided Embossing Tools to the class. As a kind support of WVFT, the Metal Embossing Training has developed progressively.
Nanu, a girl sponsored by WVFT has practiced metal embossing and sometimes has a chance to demonstrate her skill in metal embossing to school visitors, and she also has income from her artwork.
Today, Nanu is a skillful assistant of Tanawat, the teacher training Metal Embossing in School Learning Centre.
“I have started Metal Embossing since I was in grade 4 and my first finished embossing was a keychain having a fish image. I have been improving my skill and now I am at grade 7 and I am starting making a bigger piece of metal embossing like a dragon image. I enjoy making metal embossing which helps me practicing concentration and my income from the embossing work also helps reducing the burden of my mother. Thank you to the sponsor who has supported my studying and occupational learning.” Nanu said with a smile.