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Textile museum's inaugural exhibition celebrates HM the Queen's contribution to the well-being of Thais

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  • Writer: Samila Wenin and Photos by Yingyong Un-Anongrak
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Her Majesty the Queen was allergic to dust, her deputy private secretary Thanpuying Charungjit Teekara recalled. Yet, the Queen would gradually roll out and closely inspect sheet after sheet of dust-tinged woven fabrics brought to her by the late Thanpuying Suprapada Kasemsant, Thanpuying Charungjit and the special team who were sent to scout the rural areas in the northeast of Thailand in search of the cultural heritage hidden in the threads of this home-made commodity. 

The historic building of Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana, which was constructed during the reign of King Rama V, is now used to house a massive collection of ancient textiles and the royal dresses of Her Majesty the Queen.

That's the genesis of the Foundation of the Promotion or Supplementary Occupation and Related Techniques, or the Support Foundation as it is better known.

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