Calendar Pages -- January 2014, Thai Textile Society Study Trip - Textiles and Temples in Nan

January 18th, 2014 to January 20th, 2014

January 2014, Thai Textile Society Study Trip - Textiles and Temples in Nan

January 2014, Thai Textile Society Study Trip - Textiles and Temples in Nan0

     Thai Textile Society Study Trip - Textiles and Temples in Nan

                                       18-20 January 2014

     On this trip, we will visit mostly Tai Lue villages. Coming from Sipsongpanna in Yunnan Province in China, the Tai Lue people settled in Nan a few hundred years ago. As Nan is in an isolated valley, surrounded by high mountains, the Tai Lue people have been relatively sheltered from outside influences and thus, have been able to maintain their traditional culture. Much of this is reflected in the textiles the women weave. According to Professor Soangsak Prangwatanakun, Tai Lue weaving culture in Nan may be classified into two groups, one being characterized by weft ikat (mat mi) and the other by Tai Lue weaving in nearby Sayaburi Province in Laos as some of the people came from there. In the former, weavers tie-dye weft threads to weave tube skirts in cotton and silk, creating horizontal stripes in blue, purple and pink colors. As influenced by the weaving culture in Sayaburi, weavers in the latter group use tapestry weaving technique or “ko” technique in their language. Their most famous design is “lai nam lai” - a design reflecting waves or flowing streams.
     Although rather small in size, the city of Nan is dotted with a number of ancient and beautiful temples built in the Lanna style. We will also be visiting some Tai Lue temples built in their characteristic style. We will be able to see textile patterns on temple murals.
     Enroute from Chiang Mai to Nan, we will stop in Lamphun and Lampang where we will visit important temples, such as Wat Ku Kat and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang , noted for their historical and architectural significance.
     There is a deadline of 27 December 2013 for booking with a maximum of 12 persons only.
     A contribution of Baht 17,000 for TTS members and Baht 17,600 for non-members is requested to cover airfare from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and from Nan to Bangkok, hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis, meals, local transportation, museum admission fees, and other expenses. Single room supplement is Baht 1,400.

  • Full payment is required at time of booking 

  • Details for Payment by Bank Deposit:  Kasikorn Bank, Siam Square Branch – Account Number: 026-1-104741

                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) Attention: Ruth Gerson

  • For further information please contact:   Ruth Gerson at

      Trip Itinerary
     January 18, Saturday
0700     Meet at Suwanabhumi Airport, Bangkok Airways counter
0800     Depart for Chiang Mai on Bangkok Airways PG215
0910     Arrive Chiang Mai and proceed to Lamphun
1000     Visit Wat Phra That Hariphunchai and Wat Ku Kut and proceed to Lampang
1230     Lunch at Lampang
1330     Visit Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Lai Hin, Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, and a ceramic factory
1800     Check-in at hotel (Hotel Wieng Lakor or similar)
1900     Dinner
Overnight at hotel
     January 19, Sunday
0700     Breakfast and check-out from hotel
0800     Visit Wat Pong Sanuk and proceed to Nan
1100     Arrive Nan, visit National Museum, Wat Phra That Chang Kham
1230     Lunch
1330     Visit Wat Phumin, Wat Phaya Wat, Wat Phaya Phu, Wat Chamathevi, Wat Phra That Chae Heang.
Visit ancient kiln site (17th CE – same period as Sisatchanalai)
1800     Check-in hotel (Nan Boutique Hotel or similar)
1900     Dinner
 Overnight at hotel
     January 20, Monday
0700     Breakfast and check-out from hotel
0900     Visit weaving village (cotton fabric) at Baan Thung Soon in Thung Chang district
1030     Visit weaving village (pha sin) in Chiang Klang district
1200     Lunch
1300     Visit Tai Lue weaving villages at Baan Don Moon, Baan Don Chai and Baan Ket (banner) at Pua district, Wat Rong Ngae.
Visit Wat Nong Bua and adjacent weaving village in Tha Wang Pha with time for shopping!              
1830     Light meal
1930     Check-in for flight back to Bangkok
2035     Depart for Bangkok by Nok Air DD8833
2210     Arrive Bangkok

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