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Disabled Thai Woman Sells Hats Sewn With Her Feet

One thing that has always amazed me about Thailand is just how resilient the people are. No matter what hardships are thrown at them, they will always find a way to survive.

Take a look at this woman born with no arms supports her family by selling handbags and woolly hats she knits – with her feet.

Dokkhoon Neamyai , 39, struggled to survive after a birth defect meant she had just two stumps for arms and one leg shorter than the other with just three toes.


Disabled Woman Sewing Hats With Her Feet by viralpress

She endured years of teasing from classmates as she scraped through school, unable to do PE or write properly.

But kind ‘village elders’ taught Dokkhoon how to knit and she quickly developed the unique talent by gripping the needles between her toes.

The mother-of-one now supports herself and son Chatri, 10, by selling her ‘feetmade’ goods to locals near her village in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Dokkhoon said: ”There were a group of older people in the village that knitted all the time. I watched them and then they taught me how to do it with my feet.

Dokkhoon Neamyai , 39, with her son whom she supports by selling hats she knits with her feet

Dokkhoon Neamyai , 39, with her son whom she supports by selling hats she knits with her feet

”I’ve learned how to do many things but my main income comes from knitting bags and hats.

”Without knitting I’d have no money and be reduced to begging. But now I can make handbags and hats that people in the province buy.

”There are a lot of things that are handmade these days. Mine are what you would call ‘feetmade’.”

A video shows how Dokkhoon clasps the longs metal knitting needles between her toes. She can then loop the wool around the needles to start work.

She uses her ankles and delicate movements in her toes to perfect the intricate work.

Dokkhoon then sells them from her wooden home and at nearby markets for between 100thb (1gbp) for a hat and 200thb (£4gbp) for a hat.

The weekly takings of around 2,000thb (40gbp) are enough to buy food, clothes and pay for bills at the home she shares with her sister.

Dokkhoon added: ”I’m so happy that I was able to learn knitting. It gives me something productive to do with my time and makes me feel goo about myself.

”I may be disabled but that doesn’t stop me. I’m proud that I am able to work, earn money and support myself and my son.”

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