The silversmiths of our producer village are highly creative individuals, we visit the village annually to work on new designs with them and to place orders. We can also order remotely for products we already carry. Our silversmiths enjoy the challenge of working in partnership with Luna Tree Jewellery on new pieces, by sharing ideas we can collectively establish innovation and fresh exciting products with every order placed.
Huay Dtom (pronounced Hoy Tum) situated in Lampang Province of Northern Thailand, South East of Chiang Mai is the village which produces all the silver for Luna Tree Jewellery. The residents of Huay Dtom are Karen Hill Tribe people who form the largest Hill Tribe group of Thailand. The village is large and well established, with approximately 200 families residing there. About a third of the families are involved with silver production and each family is expert in one style of design each; one family will produce only flower designs, another will do fish designs etc. The women of Huay Dtom are also prolific weavers, producing the finest quality cloth on simple back strap looms to make their traditional clothing with, and more recently, other items such as scarves, bags etc which are sold within the markets and bazaars of Chiang Mai.
All the children of Huay Dtom attend school within the village between the ages of 7-15. The school was built by the Thai government about twenty years ago and the resources here are all government funded. If the children wish to continue their studies after school leaving age they have to pay fees and travel away from the village. The income generated from silver production can help them to achieve this should they wish to do so.
Most of the village can speak Thai fluently but prefer to speak their traditional Karen dialect within the village. The Karen are very proud of their culture and heritage and despite their assimilation into Thai society over the last few centuries they continue to hold on to their way of life against the odds.