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Celebrating the significance of silk

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To mark Her Majesty's 80th birthday next week, Paradise Park on Srinakarin Road is hosting an exhibition called ''The Queen of Thailand: Silk and Art Design'' to showcase beautiful designs in silk by three well-known artists and six designers. 

Organised to pay tribute to the role Her Majesty has played in supporting the local silk-weaving industry and other aspects of Thai culture, the exhibition will be set up in the ground-floor Royal Plaza zone and can be viewed daily, from 11am to 8pm, from Wednesday onwards. Inspired by mural paintings, two designers from Tube Gallery _ Saksit Pisalsupong and Pisit Jongnarangsilp _ have created a striking collage featuring gold and silver arrows, artificial gemstones and sticks of sugarcane mounted on silk.

Hoping to help silk shake its old-fashioned image in the eyes of modern-day youngsters and give it a more whimsical, fun look, artist Kongpat Sakdapitak has used silk as a backdrop for montages featuring a fanciful creature called the Cocodoc (a cross between a crocodile and a dog) cut from pieces of old cotton and unbleached cloth.

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