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Parasol for you Ma'am?

Baina Masquelier

Wattle Flat, Australia

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Parasol for you Ma’am?
108 views on 23rd july 2011


Rain or shine, use this parasol…

Captured at the umbrella factory in Borsarng, Sankampaeng District of Chiangmai, Thailand, with Canon Ftb and Kodachrome film in 1984. The film had a few scratches… (film scanned at 4600dpi, retouching with CS2).

In those days, northern Thailand and Chiang Mai were only just being developed for tourism so very few people visited the umbrella factory. I was always fascinated with arts & crafts and anything created by hands.

This lady let me take her photo but was very shy and did not want to look into the camera. I took two shots and both have her head down. Still… I felt privileged to be able to watch her working so meticulously, with so much passion and concentration in her work.

Featured in:
~ If it doesn’t belong 5th June 2011
~ Where on Earth is This? 12th June 2011
~ Days Gone By (photos 20 yrs old or more) 30th June 2011
~ Exotic Thailand 3rd July 2011
~ Top Ten in Vacation Destination: Asia challenge in PostCard Style 28th July 2011

A friend wrote:
“My brother lived and worked in the Chiang Mai district for over 2 years engineering road building on what was then called the Columbo project in the early 80’s. It’s always good to hear stories of the real lives and practices in some areas rather than the detritus aired on certain media.”

Click here for A History of Umbrella Making In the Past

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