These earrings were made in Surin Province, a poor region in North Eastern Thailand. Surin Province is home to artisans who use simple hand tools to beat wafer-thin sheets of silver into distinctive bead shapes. Having filled the beads with natural black resin, they then etch decorative designs onto the bead surface and then removed the resin before it hardens. Tiny silver rings are welded onto each bead before it can be strung into earrings, which are often made with gemstones too.
This intricate jewellery art-form, made by people of Khmer origin and passed down since the time of the ancient Angkor kingdom, continues to provide a steady supplementary income for these village farming families.
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