If there is a country which has preserved and promoted its textile skills, it really is Thailand. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, surrounded by Laos, Cambodia, Burma and Malaysia, Thailand gather within its border many ethnic groups which perpetuate their textile traditions : from the handwoven silk and cotton to the ikat knowledge, from embroidery to the use of natural dyes. The monarchy has also kept their ceremonial customs alive by producing the Khon dancers silk brocade costumes or the royal court’s dresses embroidered with gold yarn.
This exceptionally preserved heritage has been brought to light in 2012 with the opening of the impressive Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok, which I had the chance to discover a couple of months ago.
Discover here the stories of workshops and handicrafts people which color Thailand with their remarkable fabrics.