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This silk scarf was made by Ajaan Surachote and has been awarded a “Royal Thai Silk - Gold Peacock” logo by the Queen Sirikit Institute of Sericulture, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The peacock logo…

This picture demonstrates the thoughtful marketing technique developed by the Ruen Mai Bai Mon shop in Surin Town. Tags are attached to each piece of silk sold by the shop that provide information about the dyes used as well as a photograph of the…

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,…

In March 2013, the Ministry of Culture filed a proposal with the Cabinet suggesting that Cabinet ministers only wear clothes made from Thai fabric. Since then, this proposal has been adopted by many Ministries, Public Organizations, and public…

“Traditional dress” of Khmer-Thai people is displayed in the Surin National Museum, illustrating a traditional museological approach to presenting styles of dress that sometimes contributes to the essentializing of identity.

Many women in Surin have collections of silk that are significant to them in numerous ways. They consider some of the fabrics to be part of their moradok (มรดก), or heritage, as they have been passed down through generations, carrying with…

A sign is hung at the Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center in Surin proclaiming, “The Department of Silk cooperates in stopping corruption.”

Silk is sold at the Surin Green Market, which is held every Saturday morning starting around 5 am near the Surin City Hall. Most of the vendors are members of local weaving networks who sell silks woven by women in their groups, and buyers of the…

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…