The people of Bor Sang, known to visitors as “the Umbrella Village”, celebrate their traditional craft and a skill with the annual Bor Sang Umbrella Festival held on the main street, featuring contests, exhibitions, a Miss Bor Sang pageant and, of course, stalls selling umbrellas and other handicrafts. The next one will be from 18th – 20th January 2010.
Umbrellas made from brightly coloured Sa paper have traditionally been made in the area around Ban Bor Sang for many years and with the help of the tourist industry, this once-small craft has developed into big business. Almost everyone in this small village near Chiang Mai now derives a livelihood from making these paper umbrellas, which are intricately painted with beautiful floral designs. This is a truly colourful festival where you can witness a rural Thai village spring to life.