T H E Q U E E N S IRI K IT M U S E U M O F T E X TIL E S , B A N G K O K – TAASA Review March 2014


This article was originally found in the March 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 1, Page 14).

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Piyanan (Poom) Petcharaburanin O pened to the public on 9 May 2012, the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) is the gift of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and the Foundation for the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (SUPPORT Foundation) to the people of Thailand. Exterior view of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles It all started in 1970, when His Majesty King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit paid a visit to Na Wa, in Sakon Nakon province in northeastern Thailand to offer help to victims of flooding.

Realizing that giving supplies to people was just a stopgap measure, Their Majesties decided to find the villagers some form of supplementary income.

During the royal couple’s visit, Her Majesty noticed the beautiful ikat (mat mii) skirts, long abandoned by urban women, worn by local women and recognised that they were still being made...