Hill Tribe Weaving

Secrets of Chiang Mai's Northern Tribes

$35.00 per guest
1 - 3 guests 3 hours


  • Experience creating your own weaved item using traditional techniques
  • Learn traditional weaving techniques from local Thai artisans
  • Understand the process of various weaving techniques and how it is done
  • Make and bring home your own self-made customized weaving

Inclusive of:

  • Entire experience, all tools and materials you need
  • Make and bring home a piece of weaved product of your choosing
  • English Speaking Host

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional purchases
  • Food & Water
  • Pickup & Dropoff from hotel
5 Out of 5
9 Reviews
iku fujiimatsu Japan
29 Jun, 2019

So much fun! Not only about weaving but personal experiences growing up in the hill tribe. How it's different raising he...

Jeff Madonna United States
29 Mar, 2019

Amazing time! New respect of how difficult it is to weave!

$US 35.00 per guest
3 hours
1 - 3 guests
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Learn the skill of back-strap weaving from a hill tribe artisan in the comfort of our air conditioned weaving room. A translator is also provided during instruction. You set the pace. Start with the basic weave, and if you choose to increase your skill, the final portion of the class will focus on learning a patterned weave. Your woven piece will be cut from the loom for you to take home as a special memory of your time in Chiang Mai. Have a DIY project in mind for your woven piece? Smaller pieces make wonderful accents to baskets or bookmarks, larger pieces can be made into wall hangings, coasters, or table squares. We will also have suggestions and DIY kits available for purchase if you are interested. Since 1973, Thai Tribal Crafts Fair Trade has assisted the sale and marketing of handiwork from seven different hill tribes. We practice fair trade principles to be equitable in all we do. Through these classes, we hope to create a greater appreciation of the culture and work of our artisans.

Additional Information:

  • Participants must be comfortable sitting on the floor.
  • Light refreshments and a free gift are included
  • Young children are not suitable for the experience
  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the booking time
  • Experience is located at your host's workshop
  • You can choose your own design to draw or one of the many given by your host
  • There might be other people on the same experience

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Thai Tribal Crafts Fair Trade

Since 1973, Thai Tribal Crafts Fair Trade has worked closely with over 200 local communities to foster long-term, fair-trading relationships within the hill tribe groups of northern Thailand. Our goal is to help en...

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9 reviews from people who took this experience

iku fujiimatsu Japan
29 Jun, 2019

So much fun! Not only about weaving but personal experiences growing up in the hill tribe. How it's different raising her children in Chiang Mai. I would definitely be interested in visiting them again.

Jeff Madonna United States
29 Mar, 2019

Amazing time! New respect of how difficult it is to weave!

Diana Beabout
12 Feb, 2019

I was able to learn simple weaving techniques and about the Karen culture directly from a member of the Karen tribe.

Megan Smithers United States
24 Aug, 2018

What a fantastic few hours spent weaving! I learned backstrap weaving with a hill tribe woman and a translator. Both were very skilled weavers and I learned a lot and enjoyed the experience. I made a patterned weave and was able to take the section home with me that I finished. The translator made it possible for me to ask many questions about weaving and the hill tribe culture. I highly recommend this experience for people who love textiles, weaving, and learning about culture.

19 May, 2017

This review is written nearly 6 months on. The reason I write it now is because it was amazing. If you love handicrafts do this! I have been searching for something like this for so long as I have always admired the beautiful weaving work done by the different Hill Tribes but wasn't sure where I could find to do this. On the day I arrived Nuch and Nalay looked after me so well. I don't speak much Thai, Nuch has great English and Nalay is a little bit shy but you could see her confidence growing as the course went along. The funny thing is though how quickly you can bond and laugh and share your life with people not only through words but also actions. As I learnt to use the backstrap loom and weave (I have never done it before) there were many giggles as I pulled some interesting moves trying to understand. The girls are so talented it is so effortless to them. For me as the session went on it went from feeling like I had no idea to things starting to click and a beautiful piece of to fabric coming to life in front of me. I felt genuinely proud! I was so excited I bought a loom from the store to continue on my journey with this when I got home. (And knowing my new found enthusiasm probably didn't match my skill level yet lol, I also bought some beautiful bags and table runners from the store to inspire me!). I really recommend this course. If you like handicrafts and want to experience some time with lovely Hill Tribe staff (Also Joyce and her husband who coordinate this who were so helpful to me!) take this course. There is something so relaxing about taking time out from modern technology to go back to basics and learn a skill that has lasted hundreds of years and been passed down generations. Nalay and Nuch... thank you so much beautiful girls! This will stay with me as a once in a lifetime experience! Having found this awesome place I made Papada and Aye come and see this new adventure and they were so impressed and a new Backstreet Academy friendship was formed. This is the beauty of Backstreet Academy, Papada and Aye are open to finding the best new experiences for tourists. As a lass that wanted to try weaving and managed after going on great temple lamp making tour and welding journeys with Papada and Aye had the confidence to identify a new outing for backstreet that I felt would match the standards and enthusiasm I had already experienced. I felt really proud. Papada, Aye, Nalay, Nuch - we are the example of the power of such a beautiful community as Backstreet Travellers! Backstreet opens a world of new adventures... and I am pleased to say the Hilltribe Weaving Course is one I was part of. It is great. Join up today!

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