One of my favorite stops in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand was the Umbrella Factory.
Before my head became dizzy with all the brilliant colors visible in every direction, I caught a glimpse of this woman placing the white coated paper to dry on the frames outside in the sunshine.
This 58 year old woman has been constructing the frames her entire life..........
.........just as this lady has been hand making the paper.
The resin coating protects the paper from water but of course many of these custom umbrellas are much too beautiful to be used in inclement weather!
Many laborious steps are required to make these beautiful umbrellas...............
Above is our delightful tour guide in Chiang Mai, Mutchalin. She was such a sweet lady and took us to see so many amazing places in and around her home town. She lives in the picturesque old city and also farms in the country, growing rice and vegetables.
More of the beauty of umbrellas next time.