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 Indian textiles for the Thai Royal Court
 by Prapasso Posrithong

October 16th, 2014

NMV Monthly Lecture -
 Indian textiles for the Thai Royal Court
 by Prapasso Posrithong

NMV   Monthly Lecture -
 Indian textiles for the Thai Royal Court
 by Prapasso Posrithong0

Thursday, October 16th 2014

Indian textiles for the Thai Royal Court
  by Prapassorn Posrithong

Indian textiles have long roots in Thai history which supported by actual evidence and by stories of various groups of people. Though Indian wearing style have influenced people lived in area of today Thailand since the early historic period, the earliest evidence documenting the existence of imported Indian textiles is from the early 16th century of Ayutthaya period. Muslim merchants who sailed from various ports in western and eastern India brought a variety of textiles to the ports on the west coast of the peninsula in lower Myanmar, from where they were transported to Ayutthaya. These textiles were reserved for use by royalty and courtiers, as royal gifts and for re-export to Japan.

During Bangkok period Indian textiles were still in fashion with the royalty and courtiers. The most popular pha lai yang, or Indian chintz made to order for the Siam royal court , show unique and easily distinguished by standard motifs such as Vishnu riding Garuda and deities in different postures. Indian textiles were also used to make tools for Buddhist offerings and as palace décor.

From the late 19th century, European attire became more popular in the royal court of Thailand. The use of Indian textiles in the court gradually declined, but they soon found their place amongst the commoners who could afford them. This lesser delicate designs of Indian textiles known as saudagiri were continued in demand for Thai market for decades. Then the local made printed cotton started in 1932 and machine-made printed cottons from Japan streamed into the Thai market after World War II, contributing to the gradual declined of Indian textiles in the country.

Prapassorn Posrithong has her background in Art History from Silpakorn University , Bangkok, and earned an Museology from Maharaja Sayajorao University of Baroda, India.

She was a curator and museum director at the National Museum Division of the Fine Arts Department, a lecturer for the post-graduate program in Museum studies at Mahidol University and was an assistant director of Princess Sirindhorn Anthropology Center. She is now an independent scholar and consultant of Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. 
Her research in the past two decades has focused on Indian trade textiles for Thai Market including trade routes, traders and how Indian trade textiles inspired or related to other media in Thai arts such as Bencharong ware and architectural elements. Her articles on the topic have been published in Thailand, India and recently in Norway. Her textile research is now expanding from Indian trade textiles to Japanese, European, and locally made printed cottons from the private and temple museums’ collections in Thailand. 



Thursday, October 16th 2014


Auditorium, National Museum Bangkok;
Na Phrathat Road, Phra Nakorn
Bangkok, 10200 (opposite Sanam Luang)


10:00am - 12 noon


Member 100 Baht / Guests 200 Baht


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Registration is not required but would be appreciated.

Please Note : This is a courtesy announcement and is not a  TTS  event.