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A bas-relief carving of Apsaras at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

A bas-relief carving of Apsaras at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The women in this photograph all wear pasin skirts made from silk that was most likely woven in Baan Natang village. Posing for a family portrait meant donning one's finest attire with permanence and posterity in mind, and here, silk signifies the…

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…

These women are attending the 2013 นุ่งผ้าไหม ใส่ปะเกือม เรือมกันตึม (Wear Silk, Put on Silver, Listen to Kantreum) festival that occurs every year in Khwao Sinarin District, Surin…

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…

This old photograph, courtesy of the Surin Archives, shows young men and women dancing and wearing silk in the traditional Khmer style at Surin’s annual ngan chang (งานช้าง), or Elephant Festival, which has been held in Surin since…

Two winners of the “Daughter of Silver” (ธิดาปะเกือม) contest at the Wear Silk, Put on Silver, Listen to Kantreum Festival in 2013. Read more about this festival in “On the Body and Beyond.”

Approximately 20,000 eggs are placed on paper to be sold for 10 baht for the entire sheet by the Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center. The Center sells many varieties of local silkworm, including sam rong (พันธุ์สำโรง), pictured…