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People who weave Mudmee

Most of the production of mudmee in Thailand is from Northeastern Thailand.Since the beginning of the 20th century, northeastern Thailand has been generally known as Isan, while in official contexts the term phak tawan-ok-chiang-nuea. The majority population of the Isan region is ethnically Lao, but distinguish themselves not only from the Lao of Laos but also from the central Thai by calling themselves khon Isan or Thai Isan in general.

The main language of the people is the Isan, the name by which the Lao language is referred to in Thailand due to political reasons, though most people in the Isan region still refer to language as Lao among themselves and in non-official settings.Currently written with the Thai alphabet (instead of the slightly different Lao alphabet), Isan belongs to the Chiang Saeng and Lao–Phutai language groups, which along with Thai are members of the Tai languages of the Kra–Dai language family.the isan population follows mostly Theravada Buddhism.

Isan’s culture is predominantly Lao, and has much in common with that of the neighbouring country of Laos. This affinity is shown in the region’s cuisine, dress, temple architecture, festivals, and arts.Rather than relocate as a family, they usually leave their babies and school-age children in the care of relatives, friends, or neighbours.

Isan is home to one-third of Thailand’s population of 67 million, but contributes only ten per cent to the national GDP.[11]In terms of regional value-added per capita, Isan is Thailand’s poorest region
Average wages in Isan were the lowest in the country in 2002 at 3,928 baht per month (the national average was 6,445 baht).thus, Many Isan people seek higher-paying work outside the region, particularly in Bangkok. Some of these people have settled permanently in the city, while some migrate to and fro.

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