In our Clay Workshop eBannok’s signature products, the Clay Bird Whistles, are skilfully hand-formed and hand-painted. All of our clay work is hand-crafted by local Hilltribe women who practice the traditional technique using a locally sourced clay.
Each step of the production process, from hand-moulding the shapes, measuring the exact incisions to create a musical whistle, the kiln-firing and lastly the intricate and colourful hand-painting, results in a unique, authentic and fair trade gift or keepsake that instills the spirit of Thailand’s rich hilltribe cultures and traditions.
Busue spent years working in farm fields before starting work at eBannok. She puts special care and time into moulding each clay whistle necklace, taking the shapes of owls, fish, and beautiful native birds. They are sculpted individually by hand and set aside to dry. Once dried, the clay is fired and then cooled once again. Busue has been a part of the eBannok team for 15 years now, in hopes that one day she will earn enough money for her children’s education. She has a daughter named Amee who is 16 years old and a son, Arya, who is 11 years old. Busue enjoys fishing, farming, and painting in her spare time.
Once the clay has dried completely, Sukanya is an artist and paints each piece of clay with precise detail and it can be very time consuming. It is obvious why these clay whistles are so beautiful. Sukanya once worked with children in the village but has now been a part of eBannok for 12 years, saving the money she earns for her children’s schooling. She believes that if they have the proper education they can get a good paying job to support themselves. Sukanya’s daughter Aryee is 15 years old and her son, Paolo is 8. She likes to watch television in her spare time and enjoys cleaning her home.
Malee also paints the clay whistles for eBannok. She has been working for 12 years and puts a lot of time into detailed painting for the preparation and selling of the clay whistles.
Noi has been with eBannok for 12 years and her job is to package the clay whistles after they are complete. Before working at eBannok, Noi worked long hours in the farming fields to support her three children. Saving every penny, she will hopefully be able to watch her children go to university and have families of their own. Her first son, Ameau, is 17 years old, and her second son Ayaow is 15 years old. Noi also has one daughter that is 8 and her name is Meelae. During her time away from work, Noi spends a lot of time working on her pig farm.
The eBannok team originates from the Akha hilltribe.