In June and July 2009, we participated in the Ne 'Na Artist Residency program in Northern Thailand. Situated on the outskirts of Chiangmai lies Monfai, a project piloted by Rampad Kothkeow, a local woman with aspirations to preserve the traditions and culture of the Lanna people. Peeking above the canopy and immersed in the undergrowth are the rooftops of a series of traditional buildings and houses distinct to Lanna culture and identifiable by 'ka-lae', a hand carved wooden V shape. Over a period of twenty years Rampad has 'collected' these traditional Lanna structures and created an open-air living museum, using them to preserve and educate others about the disappearing traditional Lanna culture. The teak buildings whilst humble and practical in appearance are spotted with intricate woodcarvings which upon closer inspection reflect the customs and beliefs of the Lanna people; the interesting blend of belief and function that emphasizes the search for balance between the aesthetic and the pragmatic. Monfai, which translates as "view from cotton hills", communicates both the traditional Lanna perspective and the traditions Northern Thailand is renowned for; the cotton industry, textiles and weaving.