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This research aimed to study the palmyra palm handicraft history, the development of palmyra palm handicraft in central region, and the product development of palmyra palm crafts. product development of palmyra palm crafts. The sample consisted of 166 people: 30 key informants, 56 casual informants, and 80 general informants. The research instruments used were for survey, observation, structured interview and unstructured interview, participant observation and non-participant observation, and focused group and workshops. Data were analyzed following the objectives of the research and presented by descriptive analysis.
The findings show that the history of palmyra palm handicrafts in the central region originated in Nong Prong sub-district, Khao Yoi district, Phetchaburi province. Folk wisdom in the production process was found that the type of palmyra palm is a lathe work. Usability is a mortar, pestle, coaster, etc. According to the style and the needs of customers, Thai patterns were used. The 50 years old or older palmyra palms were used as materials. A lathe and wood turning equipment were used as tools. Wood turning tools are always maintained. Production process uses the method of turning it into the desired shape and in conservation. The development of palmyra palm products is 12 zodiac patterns with Thai lacquer works techniques.
The satisfaction assessment results of the consumer groups were found that the overall satisfaction was at the high level ( = 4.55, S.D. = 0.49).
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