Bankonthip on display for International Women’s Day
11/03/2021 - News
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, an event in support of women’s work was held from 8 to 10 March in Mae Sai (a border city between Thailand and Myanmar, 20 km from the Holy Family Catholic Center).
In particular, the products, made by the girls who attend courses at “Bankonthip“, the cutting and sewing school created within the Center, were exhibited.
“They have been very intense days” – said Tippawan Arnee, one of the Leaders of the Centre Staff – “despite the restrictions due to the pandemic, even if here in the north it has fortunately not developed as in other places, There were many people who purchased and who wanted to know the reality of the Center and the Training School.
For the girls, but in general for the whole family of the Center, it’s a great satisfaction to be able to make known what they are taught: through every single realization, we don’t only want to make known the Akha tradition but we want to “explode” the joy that each of them experiences every day at the Center and which is then transmitted to those who will buy the products and wear them”.
Over the years, the workshop’s handcrafted creations have been appreciated by the authorities so much that Bankonthip has received illustrious visits from the region’s governors, ministers, as well as the Thai royal family itself.
“Ban” means “house”, “Kon” means “hand” and “Thip” in poetic language means “special”.
The cutting and sewing school, in addition to being a place of work, becomes a moment of integral formation of the person: it is here where the unmistakable lifestyle of the Center is born and flourishes, the originality and validity of a truly unique training and educational experience.
After completing their training, the young women find work in the tailors of the city, where they are appreciated for their skills.