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Weaving a legacy

One woman's journey to ensure a rare art does not fade in time

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Her face and hands are full of lines and wrinkles, but her memory is still sharp. Nguan Sermsri, of tambon Ban Puek in Chon Buri province is still teaching others how to weave the rare Ang Sila cotton textiles at the ripe old age of 93. Six months ago, she was the only Ang Sila cotton weaver in Thailand. But since then, the ancient art has been revived and passed on to a number of local women. 

The 93-year-old Nguan Sermsri.

"I started weaving when I was 12 or 13 years old. I learned from my mother about the technique to knead cotton threads with cooked rice to make fabrics durable," said Grandma Nguan.

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