Today we took a field trip to a neighboring province to see a silk weaving shop, a collective of woodworkers making handmade instruments and a Buddhist temple. On the way we stopped for lunch at a cafeteria-like set-up. There was also a 7-11 nearby so after lunch the WorldTeach volunteers made a much needed sweets run. I actually found some chocolates made in Thailand but they tasted a bit waxy, so the search to satisfy my chocolate cravings continues….
Here are pictures from the weaving shop. The looms were gigantic and the women working them were incredibly talented:
We then visited an ornate Buddhist temple, or Wat, which was located in the same village as the weaving shop. There were many Buddhist monks around the site but none seemed too keen on getting caught in range of our cameras.
Our last stop was a village collective of woodworkers who were making traditional Isan instruments. The instrument I am holding below is called a khaen (pronounced “can”) The khaen is really fun to play, but I quickly realized it was nothing like playing the clarinet!