In the central provinces, wickerwork objects were, and still are, outstanding parts of
household utensils, In this collection there are thirteen kinds divided into ninteen
varieties in form.
A Cha-lom is a basket for containing things to be carried by hand. The body is woven of bamboo strips leaving the top part about 25 cm. undone. undone. After things are put in a Cha-lom, the bamboo strips that are left undone will be tied up with apiece of string. A Chu-lom is in the shape of a cylinder with a hexagonal-shaped bottom. It was generally used like a shopping or carrying bag. Alrhoufh one can still find a Chu-lom sold on a basketry shop today, the object has become rarely used on everyday life.
Phat (a fan)
Kra-chi (Kheng Nung Kha-nom)
A Kra-bung is a basket. It is woven of bamboo strips and has a hard edge made of a thick piece of bamboo strips fasten with rattan. Two pieces of strong bamboo rods are put crossing one another at the bottom to help support the body. There are three kinds of Kra-bung.
5.1. An ordinary one.
5.2. A Kra-bung Pak Ban (a Kra -bung with a wider top part)
5.3. A Kra-bung Tuang.
The first kind is usually for containing and carrying rice grains of seeds to a farm or market place. They can be used in pair, like a Kra-chat Hap or singly. (photograph no. 5.1).
The second kind of Kra-bung is normally used to contain coconut fruit for transportation (photograph no. 5.2).
The third kind has a higher edge andstronger bottom than the first two. It is for measuring grains,especially rice (photograph no. 5.3).
Compared to a Kra-chat, a kra-bung is used for heavier work.
This kind of basketry is widely used by people in the rural areas. The body is woven of bamboo strips. The edge is made of a thicker piede fastened with rattan.
Kra-chon (a strainer or a sieve)
A Kra-chon is a kitchen utensil woven of fine bamboo strips to make a delicate network.
It has a hard edge made of thick bamboo or rattan strips. Its. handles are made of thick pieces of bamboom strip or rattan stems. Usually, a Kra-chon appears in two shape: round and square. It is used to separate cream from ground coconut meat .
The object photographed is from the collection of
Associate Professor Denduang Bhumsiri., Silpakorn University.
A Kra-lo is like a kra-dong excep it is smaller and has a different function from the latter. A Kra-lo is used to cover a Kra-chat Hap, and things for sale are put on it. (See the top part of photograph no. 6.1)
Dek (A cradle)
The body of a Pley Dek is woven of slices of bamboo. Its edge is made of bamboo rods fastened with double rattan stems. There are thick pieces of slices of bamboo put crossing one another underneath its bottom part. The basket is a baby 's day bed. Agrown-up, usually female,will sing a lullaby while she is rocking the Pley. To use it, the basket has to be fastened to ropes on four sides, and the ropes are normally fastened to a beam of a house (photograph no. 11.1)
Ta kra Lang Pla
There are three kinds, namely Ta-kraeng Lang Phak and Ta-kraeng Ron khao and Ta-kraeng Tak khong. All are woven of bamboo strips in a round shape. The edge of the last two kinds are fastened with rattan strips. The other difference is in the desinns in the patterns. The design in the pattern of a Ta-kraeng Ron Khao is finer than the other two, whereas a Ta-kraeng Tak Khong has a rougher design than the rest. These three kinds of Ta-kaeng have different functions.
13.1 A Tra-kraeng Lang Phak is used to contain vegetable,such as bean sprout, for washing. Sometimes it is used to scoop prawns in a canal.
13.2 A Ta -kraeng Ron Khao is used for separating rice grains.
13.3 A Ta-kraeng Tak khong is used for drying fish or other things. In the old days it was used for separating charcoal.