2012 - 2015

For the Love of Her Country: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit Creates the SUPPORT

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

As a result of Their travels around rural Thailand, begun in 1955, Their Majesties came to appreciate how difficult it was for farmers to support themselves, especially in the face of natural disasters.

Her Majesty determined that weaving could provide a crucial secondary source of income for women and would also insure the survival of Thailand’s unique textile heritage.

This multi-media exhibition tells the story of Her Majesty's ceaseless efforts to establish and expand SUPPORT, which has helped save and promote Thai village textile traditions and provided Thai weavers with training, encouragement, materials, and a ready market.

Mat Mii
From Mulberry trees to cloth, Keeping a Silk-Weaving Tradition Alive

Khit Brocade Technique of the Northeast
Her Majesty Suggests Modernizing Khit by Repeating its Narrow Bands to Create a Wider Fabric

Phaa Chok: Traditional Brocade Technique at Tai-Yuan Community, Her Majesty Helps  Preserves a Northern Weaving Style in Central of Thailand

Embroidery : New life for an Old Craft
Her Majesty's Revival of Court-Style Embroidery Provides an Income for Victims of Unrest in the South

Length of Cloth (Metal-thread Brocade)
Her Majesty Encourages SUPPORT to revive Phaa Yok Weaving in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Beettle-Wing a Gift to Her Majesty from the people of Isan
Her Majesty encourages the Revival of Beetle Wing Embroidery under SUPPORT

Silk ikat (mat mii) with beetle wing, metallic thread, and bead embroidery.
Shoes embroidered with beetle wings, metallic thread, and beads to match an evening dress belonging to Her Majesty,1980s.

a multi-media experience that examines the creation of the SUPPORT Foundation and how it has helped save and promote Thai village textile traditions and provided many Thai women with new skills and an important source of income
Credits: Story

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles Staff

Mr. Kullawit Laosuksri, Mr. Boonchai Thongcharoenbourngam, Mr. Paothong Thongchua, Mrs. Mayuri Veraprasert, Mr. Weeradhamma Taragoonngernthai, Mr. Sappasit Foongfuangchaveng, Mr. Anucha Thirakanont

Lead Consultants:
Ms. Melissa Leveton, Ms. Dale Carolyn Gluckman, Ms. Julia M. Brennan

Gallery and Facilities Design and Fabrication:
Ms. Nita Yuvaboon, Imrey Culbert LP, Tillotson Design Associates, MGMT design, Innovision, Goppion S.p.A, Royal Goldsmith, Final Cut, Ovation Studio, Plan Motif Vichai Trading(1986)

Mr.Anak Navaraj, Mr. Nat Prakobsantisuk

Special Thanks to:
Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary, Bureau of the Royal Household, Office of Her Majesty's Private Secretary, Office of H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn's Personal Affairs Division, Supplementary Occupations Programme Division, The SUPPORT Foundation, Sirikit Institute, The Crown Property Bureau

Krungthai Bank
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd,
The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand
Mr.Charoen and Khunying Wanna Sirivadhanabhakdi
Mr. Somsak and Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul

Credits: All media
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