Aranyik Sword Village
Aranyik is a small village in the province of Ayutthaya, where for centuries blacksmiths have been crafting steel swords which have been used in combat and historical battles.
Nowadays the fabrication is focused mainly on sword replicas and also on innovative cutlery designs and table decorations.
Handicraft villages are abundant across the Ayutthaya province. Local communities produce a number of souvenir items ranging from stone carvings, wooden masks, ceramic goods, musical instruments and even Thai-style houses.
Perhaps the most impressive handicraft of them all comes from the Aranyik village which makes high quality swords, daggers, kitchenware, and gardening tools.
Their craftsmanship extends back to the Ayutthaya period, in which weaponry was needed for ceaseless wars with the Burmese, Angkor and the Lanna kingdoms. The Aranyik village originated from Lao residents, who lived along the banks of the Pasak River, off the island on the northeastern side.
Although the craftsmen's origins are traceable back to Laotian ancestors from Vientiane, their skill and methods to work the sword materials incorporate several Japanese techniques. These early migrants became prized craftsmen and this tradition has carried on today.