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Central Group and Accademia Italiana join to take Thai silk to an international level

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Aware of the value of Thai silk and hilltribe textiles, which are considered part of the country's cultural heritage and need to be conserved, Central Group of Companies and the Tiang Chirathivat Foundation have collaborated with the Bangkok-based Accademia Italiana Fashion & Design Institute to come up with a project to promote and give a new look to the flood-damaged silk fabrics and cotton handwoven hilltribe textiles of the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (Support) under the royal patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. 

From left, Francesco Cappuccio, Dr Vincenzo Giubba, Sudhitham Chirathivat, Thanpuying Pharani Mahanonda, Somkamol Vejjajiva and Wantanee Chirathivat.

The project aims to turn these fabrics and textiles into fashionable ensembles designed by the institute's young students. The finished outfits will then be distributed at La Rinascente, a leading department store in Italy under Central Group's management.

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