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An Applied Using Local Wisdom to Making Ironware for Community Economic Development

Author(s): Chalor Yaekkhoksung | Songkoon Chantachon | Prasopsuk Ritthidet

Journal: Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 1549-3652

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 398;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Making ironware | community economic development | northeastern past of Thailand

Problem statement: Arts and craft were important for economics and society of northeastern people in Thailand: For all that, local wisdom to make ironware lack interest from society. This research aimed to an applied using local wisdom to make ironware for community economic development. Approach: Research method was a qualitative research which studied populations who lived in 5 provinces: Khai village, Chaiyaphum; Pai village, Buriram province; Muang Wan village, Khonkaen province; Phon village, Sisaket province and Longtong village Nakhonratchasima province. 105 Populations were selected by purposive sampling from (1) key information group (2) causal informant group (3) general informants. Structured interview, unstructured interview, participant observation and descriptive analysis were used for research instruments. Results: The study found that (1) making ironware was an applied local wisdom which had local wisdom aspects which were conventional and newly integrated thoughts regarding tools, producing instruments, ways and products. (2) Government policy of a main approach and an alternative one emphasized on self-sufficiency which was a main factor for making ironware continuously till the present time. (3) Occupational crafts were products for usefulness and aesthetics that effected on households, depending on themselves. Conclusion: Local wisdom, making ironware was a producing way between man and man, man and supernatural, man and technology in globalization which was transmitted by any gurus. Local wisdom an applied continually helped local people existing peacefully, harmony with surrounding and belief: Accordingly, all communities could be self-sufficient and sharing things or products strongly.
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