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OUR STRING DOLL ARTISTS are based in small villages in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Crafting String Dolls is the main occupation for most of our artisans, which means a reliable income and improved living standards for their families and communities in their economically developing regions. When they are not making string dolls, many of our workers spend time taking care of their families and tending to their vegetable gardens for self-sufficiency. Some have other jobs such as sewing or working in shops and restaurants. We’d like to introduce you to 19 of our enthusiastic doll makers so that you can see the people who make what we like to call ‘ten dollar pieces of art.’

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Fair Trade means that our artists receive adequate pay for their quality work.

Kamibashi has always practiced Fair Trade principles, which include working with artisans in developing countries (in our case Thailand) and paying fair prices for their amazing work. We have been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since April 2012.

Our String Doll Artists

Laa

Nara

Noy

Kwan

Ms. Puangpaka Tuisamut, a.k.a. Laa, has been making string dolls for 8 years. Her favorite character is AstroNeil. She also works as a chef.

Ms. Nara Jalall, a.k.a. Nara, has been making string dolls for 2 years. Her favorite character is Marie Antoinette. Nara is a full-time string doll artist.

Ms. Ratcharin Phuangngenmakhe, a.k.a. Noy, has been making string dolls for 9 years. Her favorite character is Shelly. Noy is also a homemaker.

Ms. Kuandaw Sonthi, a.k.a. Kwan, has been making string dolls for 2 years. Her favorite character is Little Angel. Kwan is also a homemaker and enjoys singing.

Mut

Yaina

Nun

Pin

Ms. Manthana Wongkaew, a.k.a. Mut, has been making string dolls for 9 years. Her favorite character is Clara the nurse. Mut also works as a shopkeeper.

Ms. Wanna Sangsing, a.k.a Yaina, has been making string dolls for 6 years. Her favorite character is Star. Yaina is a full-time string doll artist.

Ms. Phatnarin Aumek, a.k.a. Nun, has been making string dolls for 9 years. Her favorite character is Shelly the mermaid. Nun also works as a seamstress.

Ms. Supin Tongdee, a.k.a. Pin, has been making string dolls for 9 years. She has no particular favorite character. Pin is a full-time string doll artist.

Saw

Pron

Sak

Riang

Ms. Wimonnun Janhom, a.k.a. Saw, has been making string dolls for 9 years. Her favorite character is Titus the Tiger. Saw is a full-time string doll artist.

Ms. Aumpron Dongjaitum, a.k.a. Pron, has been making string dolls for 9 years. Her favorite character is The Princess. Pron is a full-time string doll artist.

Mr. Surasak Romngen, a.k.a. Sak, has been accessorizing string dolls with their metal parts for 9 years. Sak is a full-time string doll artist.

Ms. Jamriang Romngen, a.k.a. Riang, has been making string dolls for 9 years. Her favorite character is Buddy. Riang is a full-time string doll artist.

Sabaiy

Wan

Jampee

Kawdee

Ms. Buwcom Tongcom, a.k.a. Sabaiy, has been making string dolls for 7 years. Her favorite character is Cupcake. Sabaiy is a full-time string doll artist.

Ms. Khrueawan Sawatdeeraksa, a.k.a. Wan, has been making string dolls for 8 years. Her favorite character is String Blade. Wan is a full-time string doll artist.

Ms. Piyakoon Palaoo, a.k.a. Jampee, has been making string dolls for 8 years. Her favorite part of making string dolls is sewing. Jampee is a full-time string doll artist.

Ms. Supat Sookrongsang, a.k.a. Kawdee, has been making string dolls for 7 years. Her favorite character is Vincent. Kawdee is a full-time string doll artist.

Noy

Hom

Ran

Ms. Sopha Sriwichai, a.k.a. Noy, has been making string dolls for 8 years. Her favorite character is Super Teacher. Noy also farms for a living.

Ms. Sangduan Komjaroen, a.k.a. Hom, has been making string dolls for 8 years. Her favorite character is Juliet. Hom is also a homemaker.

Mr. Jaran Tongdee, a.k.a. Ran, has been making string dolls for 9 years. His favorite string doll is Moody Cow. Ran is a full-time string doll artist.

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