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Jok Nha Morn (Pillow)

Updated 2017-06-19 16:52:00

n the past, women in Mae Jaem commonly practiced weaving since they were young, for preparing to weave a fabric for themselves and family when they become a grown-up. Nowadays, people in Mae Jaem ordinary weave and use the fabrics which produced in the local area such as mattress, pillow, blanket, Phasin; Sin Hom Aum, Sin Ta Long, Sin Aem, Sin Ta Torp, Sin Lua, Sin Yang, and Sin Teen Jok also. In additions, there are many types of fabric decorated by Jok technique such as handkerchief, scarf, bed sheet, and the front side of Jok pillow.

 “Jok” is the art of fabric designing with an open-minded concept. The weaver can freely create their own design and illustrate their creativity as much as fabric painting, this leads a borderless development.   

Phasin Teen Jok in Mae Jaem is outstanding in terms of design creativity. Although the weaver can design as free as they like, but also remain the original pattern which can be grouped into 4 categories:

1. Ideology Pattern

This pattern reflects the religion beliefs as the sign and symbol, most of these symbols are the lantern, bowl, ewer, Naga, and Hong Sa pao which composed to be Sin Teen Jok. Besides, there are patterns of a tray with pedestal and swan in the scarf or Naga pattern in the pillow case.

2. Human and Animal Pattern

The patterns of house, elephant, donkey, dog’s tooth, Tee-Tang snake, fish teeth, human body and face are mostly shown on a bed sheet and scarf. On the pillowcase, it shows crab and frog pattern.

3. Flora Pattern

The patterns of Chan flower and Gud Phak Waen were mostly illustrated in pillow front-sided.     

4. Surrounded Items Pattern

Most of this patterns are Gud Ta Sang, Gud Phor Heaun Mao, Gud Gra Jae, Gud Khor Bet, and Gud Sam Sao;  founded in Front-side of a pillow.

From the mentioned pattern, the simple pattern fish teeth, Chan flower, and other animals are usually used for decorating pillow, blanket, handkerchief, and bed sheet. Meanwhile, the ideology pattern will be used in Phasin. General girls in Mae Jaem have to practice front-sided pillow weaving as a beginning and then advance their skill with the next complicated pattern.

Most catching on pattern for front-sided pillow are fish teeth, rhombus, Chan flower, horse, elephant, frog, and crab. The material used would be 2 strings-cotton or knitting wool. The price of the smallest pillow is 50 baht, the middle size is 100 baht, and the biggest one is 150 baht.

Those people who interested in buying Jok can contact the shop in Mae Jaem. Besides, those who need to observe a production should visit Yang Luang village, Moo 6, Tumbon Tha Pha. The grandmas in this village are commonly weave their Phasin on their space under the house which makes other people easily interview and get information from them.