Follow Maison de Siam’s Story
Follow the story of Maison de Siam, our handmade silver jewellery, the people who make it, and the students we help through the scholarships we provide.
Sadly we were not able to continue our sponsorship of Pakjeeraporn into her upper school years. Her mother decided that due to the work options in their local area…..
During the last semester break, my aunt and my cousin visited me at Chiang Mai. So I had a chance to go visit several places, Royal Park Rajapruek, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, and Mae Ya Waterfall. Then the semester break ended soon after that. Currently, I am studying in the Secondary School Year 4……..
We recently received a letter from Waranya, one of the students we sponsor through school in Northern Thailand. It is really good to get updates as to what they have been doing and how their school life is progressing. I have enclosed the letter and 2 pictures she sent. The letters have been translated by the education charity we support as the students only speak very limited English.
From the beginning giving something back to the communities around where our handmade silver jewellery is made has been an important goal of our business. When we made our first contribution to edf.org and were given the names and background information about the three students we would be supporting,our intention was to try and build a relationship with them and help them…….
Have you ever seen something when you’re abroad and thought ‘Wow that’s amazing, and would really sell well in the UK, and imagine how much it would help the people who make it. I wish I could set up a business and sell it.’ Or have you ever seen something not so great and thought ‘Wow, that ís awful, I wish I could do something to help?’ That ís pretty much what happened to us…..
Recently we received letters back from the 3 girls that we are sponsoring through secondary school. We are are keen to support communities in the region where our handmade silver jewellery comes from. We are doing this through a local charity, EDF Thai. edfthai.org
It feels a little like having a penpal when I was their age and at school. Our Thai is pretty basic, and limited to speaking enough to get around.
Our handmade silver jewellery is individually crafted, designed and produced by hill tribe communities and other artisans in Northern Thailand. We use at least 925 sterling silver and our designs range from traditional hill tribe motifs to more contemporary and on-trend pieces. The production process of our handmade silver jewellery has not changed significantly in many years. These processes have…
We are keen to support local communities in the areas where our silver jewellery is made. In the north of Thailand there is a significant amount of poverty, particularly away from the towns and cities. People survive through menial or seasonal jobs and often grow vegetables and rear animals to help support themselves. We have sponsored three teenagers through the charity EDF www.edfthai.org…..
Before talking about the sterling silver jewellery itself, it’s important to understand the hill tribe communities and their origins. Many different ethnic groups have gathered over many centuries in the border lands of Thailand, Myanmar and China. They are known as the “hill tribes” because they are isolated communities in this mountainous region and have retained a traditional way of living.