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November 04th, 2011 to November 06th, 2011

A Siam Society Study Trip-Treasures in Silk at Ban Reng Khai

A Siam Society Study Trip-Treasures in Silk at Ban Reng Khai0

A Siam Society Study Trip

Treasures in Silk at Ban Reng Khai

(With an overnight stay, Surin Province)


Friday, 4 November – Sunday, 6 November 2011



Khun Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, President of the Siam Society


Lady Lea Laarakker Dingjan, Life Member of the Siam Society

In 1987 Lady Lea Laarakker Dingjan founded the Ban Reng Khai weaving project. This project has since grown into the Yarn Community Project of Ban Reng Khai.  Over the past 20 years, Lady Lea has established  a  study  foundation,  built  fishponds,  promoted  sericulture,  and  helped  establish  village savings funds, sericulture funds, rice-banks, a village water supply, health care activities, a library, and village  committees.    Of these,  the  Red  Yarn  Project  has become  the most  prominent,  having  been expanded to seven villages and including sericulture as well.

Lady Lea Laaraker Dingjan, a professional fabric designer, started with designs which could be made with traditional looms and tools.  She then combined the traditional with the contemporary but continued the use of many traditional tools.  She has introduced the use of solar dyes, in which the colors are fixed by the sun, and so far is apparently the only one using them in Southeast Asia.  Because recognition of her creative, environmentally-friendly, and tradition-based approach using original designs and high- quality-woven silk, the Weaving Project of Ban Reng Khai was awarded the prestigious Unesco-Aphada Seal of Excellence Award for Southeast Asia 2001 – 2005, 13 times


 The tentative programme will be as follows:

 Friday, 4 November 2011

03:00 p.m. Depart the Siam Society for Surin province by bus.

-          Dinner en route.

09:30 p.m. Arrive at Surin province; check-in at Thong Tarin Hotel.


Saturday, 5 November 2011

07:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00 a.m. Proceed to Ban Reng Khai, Tha Tum District (60 km.) by bus.

09:30 a.m. Arrive at Ban Reng Khai.

All day:

            At Ban Reng Khai-Painting on silk by yourself-Lunch in the village.

-          Lecture by Lady Lea Laarakker Dingjan and meet with the villagers.

 Evening:          Dinner at restaurant in Surin and overnight at Thong Tarin Hotel.


Sunday, 6 November 2011

07:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning:     Visit other villages in Surin.

-          Lunch at local restaurant in Surin.

01:00 p.m. Depart Surin province for Bangkok by bus.

07:30 p.m. Arrive at the Siam Society.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary

The Siam Society will provide 2 meters of silk for each participant to paint your own design. Please be sure to bring an old T-shirt or apron for use when painting.  Since the work will be out in the open, you should also bring a hat or some other kind of covering for the head.  Members can buy the silk directly from the weavers and the village as well.


A contribution of Bt. 13,500 (Bt. 15,500 for non-members) is solicited to cover the cost of transportation,  6 meals, accommodations  for 2 nights at Thong Tarin Hotel in Surin province (two persons per room), 2 meters of silk (850 baht per meter) and other arrangements  to make this trip possible. An additional sum of Bt. 900 is requested for a single room. Please pay by cash or cheque (payable to ‘The Siam Society’). Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7.  Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.


Please  book  your  place  as  soon  as  possible.  For  further  information  and  bookings  please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Ekkarin  Tel.0-2661-6470-7  Fax. 0-2258-3491  or e-mail:   The  Society  office  is  open  from  9:00  a.m.  to  5:00  p.m.  Tuesday  to Saturday.