Organised by the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, the event served to underline the title of Akrapiraksa Silapin, or the Great Preserver of the Arts, presented to Her Majesty by the Thai government.
A traditional ‘sabai’ pleat maker and textile press.
The event features two exhibitions: Pressing, Perfuming, and Preserving: Caring for Textiles in the Inner Court, which will be held from Aug 9 to Sept 30 in the Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building in the Grand Palace, and Preserving the Past, Enriching the Present, to be held from Sept 25 to 30 in the Royal Paragon Hall on the fifth floor of Siam Paragon shopping complex.
The first exhibition explains and illustrates traditional methods used by courtiers to treat and care for fabrics. To supplement the exhibition, there will be a demonstration of the correct way to wear chong kraben (wrapped trousers), jeeb (pleated hip wrapper) and sabai (shoulder cloth), as well as a series of weekly lectures by experts in related fields. This special exhibition is open to the public and admission is free.
There have also been a series of lectures covering relevant topics, ranging from a talk on HM the Queen and the preservation of court textiles by textiles expert Paothong Thongchua, a talk on women's dress in the Rattanakosin (Bangkok) period by Anucha Thirakanont, a discussion of ancient court textiles by Weerathamma Taragoonngenthai and a lecture and demonstration on basic textile treatments by Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles conservators and registrars.
On Saturday, Sept 8, Piyavara Teekara, head of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles Project, will give a talk on the museum's history while resident curator Suttirat Kaewaporn will lecture on HM the Queen and the preservation of Thailand's tribal and indigenous textiles. The following Saturday, Sept 15, Mr Anucha will give a talk on HM the Queen and the preservation of the khon performance art. On Sept 22, ML Darunee Chakrabandhu will lecture on the art of perfuming textiles in the inner court.
To reserve a seat for the lectures, call 02-225-9430 ext 245 or email email@example.com.
The exhibition Preserving the Past, Enriching the Present, chronicles Her Majesty's lifelong work to help improve the lives of Thais and her support for the preservation and promotion of Thai arts and culture, which has resulted in growing public awareness of the importance and value of their cultural heritage. The exhibition features some of Her Majesty's photographs from the book written by Thanpuying Kenlong Snidvongs Na Ayudhya, Her Majesty's lady-in-waiting, as well as some of the traditional costumes made popular by the Queen on her various visits upcountry and overseas and graciously donated to the museum from her own private collection, plus ancient court textiles, gold brocades from the Support Foundation and costumes from the 2010 khon performance of the "Nang Loi" (Floating Lady) episode of the Ramakien, the Thai Ramayana epic.
Chart showing the combination of auspicious colours for each day of the week.