Accoutrements is pleased to announce the limited edition In Bloom collection. These hand crafted, one-of-a kind pieces were individually crafted by a Thai artisan and hail directly from the far north province of Chiang-Mai, Thailand. Found only in the Chiang Mai region these soap carvings are fully sustainable and use locally sourced rare lacewood.
A Special Connection
Four years ago our founder Heidi Fortes travelled to Thailand. In her 3 weeks touring the country she fell in love with the people, vibrancy, culture and especially the art of the northern Chiang Mai province. It was then that she purchased her first soap carvings at the ruins of a 1000 year old temple complex from a lovely woman and her daughter at their road side stall. From that day those pieces have been showcased in her home as a reminder of the skill and craftsmanship of one of the most unique places in the world.
History of Soap Carving
Thai Soap Carving began with Fruit and Vegetables. Fruit and vegetable carving began about 700 years ago in Sukothai, the capital of the Thai people. In preparation for one of their major festivals, Loi Kratong, one of the King’s servants, called Nang Noppamart, tried to think how she could please the king. She took a flower and used it as a pattern to carve from. She then carved a bird and set it with its head pointing towards the flower.