Aoy from Thailand
is the artisan in the spotlight this week
"Sawasdee ka! My name is Rudklow Patanaanunwong, but everyone calls me Aoy. I come from a warm family environment from Bangkok, Thailand, though I am an only child.
"I am very proud that we get to promote our silver jewelry in the international market. My goal for the future is that someday our silver jewelry will be well-known. In fact, I would love it if Chiang Mai silver arts became recognized internationally, just like any other designer brand from Italy.
"I would like to tell people worldwide that nowadays, craftsmanship is slowly being replaced by factory work and machines. At our workshop, we still work with our hands to craft our jewelry collections, because we believe it is our duty to preserve this ancient art form."