Phuang-malai are purchased for as little as 20 baht (40 pence) for a basic one but more ornate ones can cost up to a 1000 baht (£20.) They are much more than something pretty or to freshen the air. (The jasmine buds smell DIVINE.) They are given as offerings inside temples, on spirit houses and hung inside taxis and at the bow of a boat to make merit to the journey goddess, Mae Yanang. (You can find out more about the garlands here and here.)
Last week, thanks to Attic Studios, I learned to make one.
|Lots of buds, including jasmine and roses, a HUMONGOUS needle and considerable patience. The folded banana leaf|
stops the buds from falling off the needle. The angle at which you rotate each bud is very important to the finished
|Two lengths make one circle. I told you, LOTS of patience.|
|The piece of the left is the bit that hides the rafia joins.|
|I love the flowers above the roses. They couldn't tell me what they are called but they are like teeny weeny little|
sculptures. And TA-DAAAA: the finished phuang-malai.