Application of Indigenous Folk Wisdom Concerning the Management of Commercial Reed-Mat Production in Maha Sarakham Province, Thailand

Songkoon Chantachon


A dying skill in a thriving economy, reed-mat production is fast losing its identity as a traditional Thai handicraft. This qualitative research analyzes how local wisdom is used in the management of commercial reed-mat production in Maha Sarakham Province, Thailand. Once-distinctive Thai reed-mats are now being mass-produced to cope with global demand, killing the economic viability of hand produced merchandise. This study identifies problems with materials, equipment, production process, product development and finance as causing a loss of unique character in reed-mat goods. This article provides solutions for application to career development in local communities and the management of ancestral community knowledge.

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