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March 15th, 2013 to March 17th, 2013

Thai Textile Society Study Trip - 15-17, March 2013 - Deadline Change to 11 March 2013 for booking

Thai Textile Society Study Trip - 15-17, March 2013
Visits to Weaving Villages in Kalasin,  Udon Thani, & Ban Chiang,
 UNESCO World Heritage Site


Join the Thai Textile Society for a three day visit to weaving villages in Kalasin, Udon Thani, and also Ban Chiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 15-17 March, 2013.

This study trip, led by Steering Committee Member, Chomporn Dhanesnittaya, will begin with a visit to Baan Phon Village in Kalasin Province. Baan Phon is famous for the weaving of silk pha prae wa. Pha prae wa, in the language of the Phu Tai people meaning cloth which is one wa , or about two meters in length, is a stole worn around the neck or shoulders. Using both khit (continuous supplementary weft) and chok (discontinuous supplementary weft) weaving with embroidery, the Phu Tai weavers are able to produce complex patterns and motifs in striking colors on traditionally red ground, and in the process create their own unique identity. This highly sophisticated art of weaving takes a long time to master and is usually handed down from mother to daughter. Her Majesty the Queen realized the enormous cultural value and the need for preservation of this art that she created a prae wa section and asked master weavers from Baan Phon Villages to be instructors at the Queen’s SUPPORT Foundation at Chitralada Center so that the art will be preserved for generations to come.

The trip will continue with visits to weaving villages in Nong Wua Sor, and Na Kha in Udon Thani Province.  Famous for their skills in continuous supplementary weft weaving, the master weavers in Nong Wua Sor are also teachers at the SUPPORT Foundation.  We will have the rare opportunity to see them at work in their current project of weaving masterpieces for the Support Foundation.  
Na Kha, is well known for its indigo dying and has a large OTOP venue in Udon Thani.  There are
more than 50 shops selling hand woven silk and cotton textile products in this area.
En route to Na Kha, we will visit the Ban Chiang National Museum and Archaeological Site, located about 56 km from Udon Thani. We will also visit nearby, a traditional Tai Phuan house, which was graced by the visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen in 1972. This wooden house built on stilts is recognized as a heritage house and has been given an award by the Royal Society of Siamese Architects.


Booking Details

 Please Note  -There is a Deadline Change to 11 March 2013 for booking with a maximum of 10 persons only
4 places still available

A Contribution of Baht 13,500 for TTS members and Baht 14,100 for non-members is requested to cover return airfare from Bangkok to Udon Thani, single room accommodation, meals (with coffee, tea and water), local transportation, museum admission fees and other expenses. 
  • Full payment is required at time of booking 
  • Details for Payment by Bank Deposit:
                Kasikorn Bank, Siam Square Branch – Account Number: Savings account 026-2039317
               430/6-10 Siam Square Soi 3, Rama 2 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

(Particulars of deposit must be emailed to the address below with your name, date deposited, and the name of your Bank) 
 Email:    Attention: Ruth Gerson

Trip Itinerary Schedule

March 15, Friday

0500     Meet at Don Muang Airport
0600     Depart for Udon Thani by Nok Air
0730     Arrive Udon Thani , check-in service apartment/hotel, breakfast
0900     Proceed to Baan Phon, Kalasin Province (journey will take about
               2½ Hours)
1200     Picnic lunch and visit to Baan Phon weaving village
1500     Return to Udon Thani
1900     Dinner at restaurant in Udon Thani
Overnight at service apartment/hotel
March 16, Saturday

0800     Breakfast
0900     Proceed to Nong Wua Sor (all day)
1200     Picnic lunch in village
1600     Return to Udon Thani from Nong Wua Sor
1900     Dinner
Overnight at service apartment/hotel
March 17, Sunday

0730     Breakfast and check-out from service apartment/hotel
0830     Proceed to Ban Chiang National Museum and Achaeological Site.
               Visit Baan Tai Phuan -Return to Udon Thani
1230     Lunch at restaurant in Udon Thani
1400     Proceed to Na Kha
1730     Return to Udon Thani
1830     Dinner at restaurant near airport
1930     Check-in for flight back to Bangkok
2030     Depart for Bangkok by Nok Air

The Thai Textile Society reserves the right to change the program as necessary

For further information please contact:  Ruth Gerson at