Packaging Design (in Thailand)
Packaging design is not a new thing. Thousands of years ago human invented creative packaging design to meet the daily living of people. Also back to hundred thousand years ago, this creative way of packaging design occurred in the same way. It can be seen from the historical record. As far as shown in Thai history, the excavated materials used were all made from the nature.
Noticeably packaging design on which has passed from generation to generation over many hundred years or even many thousand years, still has been using at the present. For instance, folded wrappers from natural materials, i.e. leaves, e.g. banana leaves, betel leaves, bamboo cylinder sheath pieces pegs. These are how chic, minimal packaging were designed.
"Betel leaf wrapped rice" is a package, which is using a design principle “form follows function”. Betel leaf wrapped rice, caused by need of farmers. The need to carry a packet of rice to work. The idea of using wrapped rice is banana leaf and ropes for packing it all. Putting some chilli paste, adding some fish and all are wrapped in banana leaves and vegetables separately. So that it will not be spoiled. (Betel and banana leaves help food not easily spoiled), then tighten the wrappers up with a rope and put handle on. This will add chic and will look like Haute Couture brandname handbag, also like walking on the runway Khanna ever.
"Mush ball toss" is a package designed also using a principle form follows function. In time of the Buddhist Lent. That is called Devo Monk Alms Bowl, the monks will walk down from the top hill along the path. It was like monk walking down from heaven. Villagers were crowed so that they can’t reach the monk alms bowls thoroughly so they think how rice balls are thrown up called “Mush ball toss”. Inside the package there is some glutinous rice wrapped in coconut leaves or banana leaves, leaving a long tail to easily hold or catch. So that they can throw up remotely to perfectly fall in a bowl of monks.