Hand-woven Silapacheep Silk from Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Silapacheep Arts and Handicrafts Center, painstakingly crafted and jewelled into this sophisticated Handbag decorated with an extremely attractive Lacquered Rooster, convertible to a Brooch.
The handle of the bag has been woven in Silk that is held with a 9K Gold designed feet and claws of a Pheonix, set beautifully atop 9K inlaid wooden ball. The bag has also been decorated with stunningly pretty flowers on the sides. The frame of the bag is done in Gold Niello work, a traditional as a Thai art in between 1351-1767. The technique involves the craftsmen carving a design into silver (various metals can be used) and working with Gold and mercury to fill the relief. In Thailand, most temple or roof tops in Gold are done with Niellowork because it lasts for hundreds of years. Long associated with Nakhon Si Thammarat province, these items were traditionally tribute to the court of Bangkok that were subsequently redistributed by the king to high-ranking noblemen. Niello was also used in Ancient Egypt and Rome on a variety of objects including sword hilts, chalices, plates, horns, adornment for horses.
Inspired by the foundation laid by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother, widely known as "The Patroness of Thai Crafts" for her dedication to preserving and supporting folk handicrafts, the Silapacheep Silk patterns were elegantly designed by Lotus Arts de Vivre to Hand-make this bag.
From artistic conceptualization to design to collaboratively finishing this Handbag took more than 3 months to complete with over 18 craftsmen involved at various stages.
White Full Cut Diamonds: 0.44 cts. | Pink Tourmaline: 2.69 cts.
Amethyst: 4.93 cts. | Size (Brooch): 8 (H) 8 (W)
Size (Bag): 21 (H) x 30.5 (L) x 6 (W) cms.
Weight: 525 gms.