Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thai Pottery, Benjarong And Other Pottery Form Thailand Shows Artistic Elements That Are Very Traditional.

Thai Pottery, Tradition And Evolution. 

Talk about Thai pottery and you would think about those gorgeous hand painted benjarong pottery that the country is so well known for. Interestingly bencharong is not the only type of traditional pottery made in Thailand. Baked clay pottery is very popular in the country too and some provinces are well known for their skills to craft fine clay pottery with artistic designs. It is important to understand that, much of the Thai pottery available today retains a classic element that can be seen in many Thai products - artistry of a high quality and traditional designs. Bencharong is well known for it's intricate hand painted designs and gold tone accents, the design elements can immediately identify a piece of Thai pottery as being benjarong. The luxury feel and look of Thai benjarong pottery is expected because, this form of pottery was at one time linked to royal households. Having said that, the degree of craftsmanship in Thai pottery that is baked from simple mud is very impressive too. Large urns used to store water, and smaller urns to hold various types of dishes can all be found with artistic elements that even the seasoned connoisseur would appreciate.

Exports from Thailand are significantly loaded with traditional pottery that is crafted in the country. Benjarong and other types of ceramic pottery obviously dominate but, Thai baked clay pottery is quickly gaining popularity too. We have compiled a report that, briefly traces the evolution of Thai pottery  - not a lengthy research paper but just distilled content that will be of interest to most of you. We would suggest that you read the Thai Traditional Pottery report as it will help you understand how this important activity progressed through time. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Traditional Thai Cotton Fabrics, Ethnic Beauty And Colors

Thai Cottons, Traditional Beauties 

Thai silks are world famous, the North and North East regions of the country has developed a silk industry that is known for it's sheer beauty and artistic designs. But, let's not forget traditional Thai cottons, the fabric of the common man you might call them. Cotton fabrics have come a long way in Thailand, massive support from the Thai Royal family has brought Thai cotton into the limelight, the fabric is today transformed into trendy garment styles, high utility bags and purposes and fashionable shawls. These fabrics flaunt typical colors that are never too gaudy and never to dull and boring. They reflect the ethnic lifestyles of Thailand, something that has attracted foreigners from across the world. Products made from traditional Thai cottons today, confirm to the highest quality standards and style conscious tourists are often willing to pay the premium prices that they truly deserve. We got a glimpse of these amazing Thai cotton products at the annual fair held at Central World in Bangkok - more details and images have been filed in the report titled Thailand Fair - Bangkok take a look and see the amazing things that this friendly nation has to offer. 

Chocolate, The Unexpected Healthy Food?

Chocolate Health Benefits

Mama told you never to eat too much of chocolates, the dentist blamed those sweeties for teeth decay - but now, medics say that chocolates might not be so bad after all ... at least some chocolates. But before you throw mamas teachings to the winds and fight with your kid for a share of yummy chocolate, let's get to the fine print related to the benefits of eating chocolate. To begin with, it is coco one of the prominent ingredients in chocolate that is credited with all that goodness. Medical research has suggested that coco is very likely to be beneficial to your health. The problem with conventional chocolates is that, they contain high volumes of fat and sugars, things that are still accused of damaging health. The dark brown color of coco represents the ingredient in it's natural form - milk, sugar and fats added to this ingredient lighten the color and this is what you and me refer to as 'chocolate brown' color. 

In technical terms we would say that dark chocolate contains lower proportions of additives like fats and sugars and this, results in the color remaining rather dark. Unfortunately it is market share and not technicalities that drives chocolate business, so reality is a bit different. Basically, we cannot make a simple classification that all dark chocolate is good for health mainly because, there is no standard table of ingredient proportions to define the ideal dark chocolate. So while, dark chocolate might be better than conventional chocolate, doctors still advise that it be consumed in moderation. The lower sugar content that is often applied to dark chocolate might also make it less delicious for young chocolate lovers. So go a bit easy on chocolate and dark chocolate until, medical research clearly defines and standardizes the derived health benefits of chocolate. 

An often asked question is whether, plain cocoa powder which is void of additives like sweetening agents and fatty solids is the best option. While it might seem that, this is the right way to go, we have some minor warnings here too. Pure cocoa powder when consumed is known to cause stomach acidity in many people, so coco powder manufacturers have been kind enough to 'process' the coco powder through what is known as the 'Dutching' or the 'Dutch' process. This involves the addition of minor additives that eliminate the acid causing properties of cocoa. It is agreed that dutching cocoa powder robs the coco of some of it's properties that are beneficial to health. 

So while the news seems to be interesting, it would be best to avoid overeating chocolate. Hectic medical research might soon come up with a magical cocoa pill that contains, nothing but the utter goodness of coco for your health. This might not please chocolate sellers but, would be good news for the rest of us. We have put together a fairly detailed report on the Health Benefits Of Chocolate, do spare a moment to read it and share it with your friends if you feel that it has utility value.