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“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.

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…

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

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,…

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…

Silk has become inextricably linked to Thailand in ways that make silk weaving seem like a practice that has flourished and persisted uninterrupted for hundreds of years, with knowledge passed down from mother to daughter, grandmother to…

Sam-um Yodrak’s granddaughter weaves at Grandmother Sa-um’s loom in Baan Natang Village. Sa-um has been weaving and using natural dyes since she was a young girl, and she passed these skills to her granddaughter, P’Am, who is now 30 years old.…

Mae Somjai weaves at a loom under her house in Baan Natang Village. She does not weave with the intention of selling her silk, but if someone is interested, she said that she would set the price for two meters of hol-patterned, naturally dyed silk at…

This photo was taken at a wedding in Baan Natang village between a local Thai-Khmer 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…