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Laai An Luui Seem

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Laai An Luui Seem


This pattern, shown here in two naturally dyed color variations, is known as laai an luui seem (ลายอันลูยฃีม). The story of this pattern was told by Nongyao Songwitcha, who said that the tale was passed to her by her mother. The name of this pattern is Khmer; translated into Thai it is klan maa sayaam (คลานมาสยาม), and it means “crawl on one’s knees to Siam.” Nongyao asserts that the name of this pattern refers to a time when fighting was frequent along the borders of the Siamese and Khmer kingdoms, and Khmer people often sought refuge in Siam. Before locals in Surin would allow the Khmer people to settle, they made them promise loyalty to Siam. This vow was manifested through the an luui seem pattern, which the Khmer people taught the locals how to weave.