Delivering Joy to Our Patrons while Supporting Local Artisans throughout Thailand with New Year 2022 Gift Sets from TCP Group

19 November 2021

As the year-end is approaching, it is inevitable to say that 2021 has been an eventful year that leads us to understand the importance of the indispensable connection and reliance on one another of human beings, communities, and environments. COVID-19 pandemic has indiscriminately caused great impacts on individuals, communities, and businesses, both big and small. A group of people also being deprived of incomes due to COVID-19 are local artisans who have lost the opportunity to earn money through the sales of their products.

For nearly 2 years of COVID-19 pandemic, TCP Group has taken on various roles in supporting both domestic and international communities. As the year-end is around the corner, it is time for our organization to prepare New Year presents for our patrons and our colleagues. The required quantity for this project amounts to the total number of 2,600 pieces. What would be better than to purchase crafts from local communities to help boost domestic income distribution and to bring joy to the makers, the buyers, and the receivers all at once.

TCP Group’s purchasing team work hard in sourcing the finest products representing local cultures throughout Thailand to put together the gift sets that are useful and practical for today’s living.

Each gift set for TCP’s patron consists of the following items,

“Mee Sook” Celadon coffee and saucer set from Chiang Mai. The word “Celadon” is derived from a French word whereas it is called “Sankalok” ceramicware in Thai. It has been registered an intellectual property as well as considered a “Geographic Indication (GI)” product line. Chiang Mai Celadon products are stoneware glazed with plant-based ashes mixed with rice paddy topsoil. After glaze firing, the products then turn signature Celadon-green, exuding its classic beauty for the world to embrace.

Hand-woven Towel is a mean to support 3 local communities including Don Can Village community in Roi Et, Nakha Village and Muang Plea Village communities in Udon Thani. The villagers have formed a female club of those who have an expertise in weaving natural-dyed cotton-yarns and the passion for preserving this knowledge and tradition for the next generations. Each hand-spun yarn would go through a dyeing process in which tree barks and other natural materials are used to provide natural colors. These highly absorbent towels contain no chemical residues that would be harmful to skin.

Versatile Lepironia Articulata Box from Khok Payom Village, Khok Khian Subdistrict, Mueang Narathiwat. In the past, Khok Paym Village used to be remote from the city center, making it difficult for villagers to get manufactured vessels for household use. With plenty of Lepironia Articulata plants around, the villagers started weaving them into different vessels for their own use including baskets for storing kitchen ingredients such as shallots, garlic, chili or for collecting kitchen utensils or farming items. Over time, the decorative patterns have been developed with different colors to offer more variety. It has become the local intellectual capital that provides livelihood for over 100 lives of the club members through the help of Wanita Community Enterprise, Pattani.

Gift Set for Colleagues

Every year, TCP Group selects only one product for its over 5,000 colleagues stationed all over Thailand. But this year, in order to distribute income to various community enterprises, we provide a more variety, allowing each employee to choose his/her desirable item out of the provided 3 options.

Hand-woven towel is a mean to support 3 local communities including Don Can Village community in Roi Et, Nakha Village and Muang Plea Village communities in Udon Thani. They have formed a female club of those who have expertise in weaving natural-dyed cotton-yarns and passion in preserving this knowledge and tradition for the next generations. Each highly absorbent hand-spun yarn would go through a dyeing process in which tree barks and other natural materials are used to provide natural colors. These highly absorbent towels contain no chemical residues that would be harmful to skin.

TCP color-themed fisherman pants provide a way to support Saloma Patek community enterprise, Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat. Differing from Batik fabric, Patek fabric is hand block printed using stamps made of copper or metal sheet hand-delineated into different patterns. Then the copper block stamps are used to apply hot wax onto the fabric to create intricate patterns. The outstanding character of Patek fabric comes from the cracks in the wax, making it look like dry soil cracks during the dry season.

A paper box entirely made of “Wadee” Sa Paper from Khamphaeng Phet that was originated from an effort of transforming the plentiful banana trees in the area into hand-made Sa Paper. This local club now feeds more than 10 families in Nong Ri Subdistrict, Mueang Khamphaeng Phet.

All these are some of TCP’s effort to promote sustainability in every aspect of its business according to the target of truly “Energizing a Better World for All.” Happy New Year 2022!

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