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THROUGH LANNA TRADE ROUTES TO THE WARDROBES OF ROYA COURTS

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EXHIBIT

BANK OF THAILAND MUSEUM, NORTHERN REGION OFFICE, CHIANG MAI

THROUGH LANNA TRADE ROUTES TO THE WARDROBES OF ROYA COURTS
December 2014 to December 30, 2015

http://www2.bot.or.th/museum/index.html

One has to remember that the Lanna Kingdom, ca. 13th to the 18th century in Northern Thailand, at one time rivaled the Kingdom of Ayudhya. An important aspect of its economy was the textile trade; Lanna people imported silk thread from China, woven fabrics from India and England, dyes from Germany and produced exquisite woven textiles, cotton as well as silk. The exhibit was organized to demonstrate the importance of Lanna textile trade in the 19th century.

On the website there is a detailed explanation of different Thai textile techniques including Mudmee – the beautiful design made by wrapping patterns of the yarns before dying and weaving. Her Majesty the Queen revived and brought into the international limelight handmade mudmee woven Thai silk from Northeastern Thailand becoming the first Asian woman to promote what was described “native” gowns of gorgeous Thai silk. Her Majesty has several Support Foundations and one promotes the production of folk handicrafts and in particular mudmee silk.

Mudmee normally shows traditional geometric and zoormorphic motifs , created primarily by using various colors in the weft (horizontal – to -right threads); the warp or weft fabric are dyed prior to weaving, used to pattern the textile, after the bindings into thread before cloth construction, — different from ikat – the-dye technique is woven first and the resist bindings are then applied to the fabric which is dyed.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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