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Silk still plays an important role in ordination ceremonies for young monks in Surin. In the rituals that occur before a man ordains, he wears a silk paa sarong (ผ้าโสร่ง), as the young boy does in this photograph. At the ordination,…

The Thai-Chinese family that owns Ruen Mai Bai Mon shop (เรือนไหมใบหม่อน) has been working in the silk business in Surin for over 30 years. They charge higher prices for their products so that the local people who they…

This map was created by the Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center and matches each sub-district or tambon (ตำบล) of Surin with the pattern its weavers are most known for producing. While exemplifying the center’s scientific approach through its…

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…

In this image, members of Ajaan Surachote’s weaving group are conducting their annual wai khru (ไหว้ครู) ceremony at Ajaan Surachote’s home. As the women chant blessings, they also call out their wishes in Thai and Khmer, asking…

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…

Ajaan Surachote Tamcharoen, who is also featured in the “Threads and Dyes” section, is the leader of a natural dye and mat mee weaving network in Baan Natang Village. Surachote has divided up stages in the mat mee and weaving process among the…

The pieces of cloth created by Ajaan Wiratham Trakulngoenthai’s weaving workshop in Baan Tha Sawang Village display ancient royal patterns, many of which were formerly only printed or painted onto silk due to intricacies that could not be captured…

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…

In Khwao Sinarin District, an annual weekend-long festival has been organized for the past few years to celebrate and spread awareness of the local knowledge and cultural heritage of the area’s inhabitants. Students design their own booths that…