Before television, Thai people in the South were entertained with satirical shows using shadow puppets. Human and animal shapes intricately carved from cow leather are deftly manipulated by story-tellers behind a backlit screen. With simple hand-tools, this ancient SE Asian leather craft, nangtalung, survives not only in this puppetry but also to create beautiful pictures depicting southern culture, religion and lifestyle.
Being both light and robust, krajoot, a coastland rush, is ideal for baskets, mats and hats in many colours. In Thailand's Eastern Seaboard, dwarfed near industrial parks and luxury resorts, a village women's group weave kajoot into classically simple basketry. Unlike nearby factories, this group has no problem being environmentally friendly, relying on their hand-skills and an abundance of wild grasses.