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Thai Arts Masters: Traditional Thai Puppetry

Thai PBS and Thailand Foundation proudly present “Thai Arts Masters”, where we explore the stories of master craftsmen from all across Thailand.


In this episode, we explore “Hoon Krabok” is a form of traditional Thai puppetry. Performers train vigorously to connect with the small, intricately crafted puppets. When the performer moves, the puppet glides along as if both their motions are synched into one.


We visited Master Nivet Waevsamana a traditional puppet maker and performer whose journey began not in the realm of traditional arts, but on a desk in an advertisement firm. From denial to accepting his passion, Master Nivet has transformed himself from a mere entrepreneur to beloved teacher and preserver of a national heritage. His story is a one of self-respect, innovation, and the desire to give.