A Silver Lined Story

8th November 2017

All our Karen silver jewellery is lovingly handmade in the Lamphun District of northern Thailand. An area, where for generations Karen families have been passing down the skills to create a beautiful array of traditional jewellery.

The Lamphun District lies east of Mae Hong Son where our projects are delivered. It is home to many neighbouring Karen communities who have developed an innovative way to overcome adversity and bring in a sustainable income.

Handcrafted creations

Karen jewellery begins life as silver coins which are hammered down into thin sheets. Using moulds and traditional hand tools these are then formed into unique Karen designs.

The whole process is very much a community affair with silversmithing skills being shared amongst families. Even the children get involved by lending a helpful hand.

The quality of the silver utilised by the Karen is demonstrated by its 99% silver content, higher than sterling silver which is 92.5%. This increases malleability allowing complicated patterns to be carefully created and gives the silver a unique feel.

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Handcrafted incomes

It is difficult to stumble across these silversmithing Karen communities as many lie far along dusty broken roads, often highly isolated and faced with the realities of poverty.

Through the careful preservation of this craftmanship, communities are today able to sell their handcrafted creations to bring in much needed additional income. This is giving more and more families access to basic rights such as being able to fund healthcare, put enough food on the table and send their children to school.

Handcrafted futures

Through buying a piece today you are not only helping to keep a tradition alive but also supporting sustainable income generation. All funds made by KHT through the sales of jewellery go back into helping support community led projects for the Karen who are most in need.

To see a selection of our beautiful Karen silver jewellery please visit our online shop today or our brand new Etsy page

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