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September 30th, 2010

In Quest of Indian Textiles for Thai Market

In Quest of Indian Textiles for Thai Market0

The Thai Textile Society would like to thank the Siam Society for their Support with this Lecture

The Thai Textile Society Presents

A Lecture by

Ajarn Prapassorn Posrithong

In Quest of Indian Textiles for Thai Market


Date:    Thursday, 30 September, 2010

Time:   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 (Noon)

Venue: Siam Society Lecture Room

RSVP:  Khun  Wipawee Tiyawes



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Inspired by Indian textiles from the collection of National Museum and also local museums in Thailand, a Thai scholar decided to go searching more about the textiles in India.  In quest of Indian textiles for Thai Market will tell you what have been found in India and how they can be connected to Thai history and culture.


Indian textiles used by the Thais were mentioned and depicted in the historical accounts and arts during Ayutthaya and Bangkok periods. They include chintz or calico, brocade, ikat, embroidery etc.  Temples’ mural paintings, ancient books,  and old photos show how Indian textiles were used in Thai context.  Dawoodi Bohra, a shiite muslim community from Gujarat in western India was among textile dealers imported Indian textiles known as Saudagiri to Thailand from early Bangkok period until World War II.  Maskati was agent the most popular in importing the chintz or Pha Lai .  The decline of Indian textiles after World War II led to manufacturing of Pha Lai Thai or Thai Chintz by Thai producers which has been used as part of Thai traditional costume until today. 

Lecturer: Ajarn Prapassorn Posrithong



1990  B.A. Art History 

Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

1997  M.A. Museology

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India


Professional Experiences

November 2009- present   

Independent Scholar in Art History, History and Museology

June 2008 – October 2009 

Museum Manager, Sirindhorn Museum, Department  of Mineral Resources

November 2004- June 2007 

Lecturer in Museum studies, Post Graduate Program in Cultural Studies,

Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University at Salaya


August 2002- October 2004

Director, Thalang National Museum,Phuket, The Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture

July 1992– August 2002

Curator, Museum Research and Development  Division, Office of Archaeology and National Museums, The Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture


Cultural Researcher, Mural Painting and Stucco Conservation Section, The Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Education


Cultural Researcher, Sukhothai Historic Park, The Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Education


Publications on Textiles 

“Textiles from the collection of  National Museum Bangkok”, Heritage of Thai Culture. The Fine Arts Department. Bangkok:1993 pp.181-207 ( Thai and English editions)

Buddhist Textile Heritage ( with authors), The Fine Arts Department. Bangkok 1994 pp.19-26,29-52 ( in Thai )

“Wisdom of the Thai in Textiles Weaving”, Regional Thai Wisdom and Technology. The Fine Arts Department Bangkok:1999.pp. 75-95,131-133 ( in Thai and English)

Indian Textiles for Thai Market in 18th-19th Centuries.

Paper presented at the Seminar on Ethno-archaeology of Textiles in Southeast Asia, SEAMEO SPAFA and Thammasat University, Bangkok 2000 ( in English)

Persian Cultural Influence in the Thai Royal Court of Ayutthaya, Islamic Journal, Embassy of Iran, Bangkok, 2002 ( in Thai)

“Role of Muslim Merchants in Indian textile trade with Thailand “ Aksornsat Journal, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok  2007 ( in Thai )



Silpakorn University, Bangkok

Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom

Ratchapat University, Phuket

Ramkhamhaeng University, Bangkok

Kasessat University, Bangkok

Thammasat University, Bangkok

Petchburi Witthayalongkorn Ratchapat University, Pathomthani

Naresuan University, Phitsanulok

King Mongkut Institute of Technology



8-12 March 2007:

The  2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival “ Mekong River: Connecting Cultures” Presenter Training Workshop, Hanoi, Vietnam

September 2002-January 2003 :

Asian Cultural Council for the internship on Management of Ethnological Collection and Museum Education Service at Santa Barbara Museum of  Natural History, Santa Barbara, California, USA

December 1998 :

SEAMEO SPAFA, Training Course in Museum Exhibitions, Thailand

July 1995- July 1997 :

Indian Government Scholarship, Cultural Exchange Programme, Indian

Council  for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for Master Degree in Museology at

Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India