No strings attached for puppet master
Nivet Waevsamana became involved with the craft to make money but over time a deep appreciation for the form grew and now he's one of its chief champions in the Kingdom and founder of a museum dedicated to it
Nivet Waevsamana's home is one of the country's richest repositories of the Thai bamboo puppetry tradition, Baan Tookkatoon Hoonkrabok Thai. But despite now eagerly sharing the history and teaching the art of creating the bamboo puppets and staging of shows to promote it, Nivet admits that his early interest in hoonkrabok (bamboo puppets) was purely money driven.
Nivet had a full-time job in advertising and saw an opportunity to make extra cash selling the puppets online; as ubiquitous as they are in Thai markets, they weren't widely available outside the country in the late 1990s.
He intended just to act as a middleman but found that the puppets were harder to source than he anticipated, so he began creating his own. Nivet pored over books on Thai puppetry and mimicked the designs of popular artists.
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