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Bolts of solid silk are for sale at a silk shop in Surin Town. Shop owners assert that local civil servants prefer these solid colors to make suits for wearing to the office. When placed on the body, these vibrant planes of color do not tie their…

This photo was taken at a wedding in Baan Natang Village between a local Khmer-Thai woman and a Lao man from Roi Et Province. The wedding was conducted according to Khmer practices, with the rap wai (รับไหว้) ritual as an essential…

This photo shows a dismantled loom stored outside of a home in Baan Natang Village. The loom was taken apart after women in the family stopped using it, which points to the decline of weaving among young generations. In the past, a woman’s ability…

This loom in Sikhoraphum District holds an unfinished piece of paa yok (ผ้ายก), or brocade. Some weaving groups in Surin have received trainings to learn how to weave brocade; the weavers who trained them came from Lamphun Province, which…

Before dyeing, doing mat mee, or starting to weave a new piece of cloth, women traditionally performed a small wai khru (ไหว้ครู) ceremony to pay respect to their teachers and to ask for the teachers’ blessing so that the activities…

Nongyao Songwitcha is the former headwoman of Baan Natang Village and the leader of the Natang Women’s Weaving Collective, which she established over twenty years ago so that independent weavers could sell their silks locally and share the benefits…

Before a woman can sit at her loom and begin weaving, the warp thread must be strung through the shafts and heddles. This is a difficult, time-consuming task that many commercial weavers prefer to outsource to silk shops in Surin Town. Ruen Mai Bai…

Mae Sanuang is a member of the Tampoung Weaving Center. In this photo she stands in front of her home, which is just a two-minute walk from the center. In addition to weaving at the center, Mae Sanuang weaves on a hand loom that she keeps in her…

The Tampoung Weaving Center was created in 2003 in Baan Tampoung Village through support from provincial and district level governments. Today, about 50 women are members of the collective, and weavers can weave at the center full- or part-time,…

These looms that use from 700 to over 1,000 shafts (a regular frame loom uses two or three) were designed by Wiratham Trakulngoenthai, a native of Baan Tha Sawang Village and the leader of the Chan Soma weaving group…