Calendar Pages -- A Siam Society Lecture: H.M. Queen Sirikit's Textile Institute Project

February 28th, 2008

A Siam Society Lecture: H.M. Queen Sirikit's Textile Institute Project

The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Rd, Sukhumvit 21; BTS - Asoke; MRT- Sukhumvit
Time: 7:30 p.m.

The Thai Textile Society forwards this announcement from the Siam Society announcing a lecure by Professor Smitthi Siribhadra.

This project, started around ten years ago by H.M. Queen Sirikit, had a modest beginning. The original aim was simply to find an appropriate location to exhibit the collection of local textiles acquired by The S.U.P.P.O.R.T. Foundation during the many years of Her Majesty’s annual visits to remote areas throughout the kingdom, together with examples of textiles that have been promoted by the Foundation in order to show the evolution of traditional designs in Thai textiles. A decision was made to construct the museum within the compound of the Grand Palace; and a committee for the establishment of the Textile Museum was formed three years ago with much grander vision. The aim now is to build a textile institute that will serve as the regional centre for textile research and restoration with a fully equipped modern laboratory; at the same time, the collection will expand from local textiles to the royal collection dating back to King Rama I that has never before been seen in public. This royal collection will include selections from Her Majesty’s personal wardrobe and jewelry.

Acharn Smitthi Siribhadra, Council Member of the Siam Society and Member of the Textile Institute, will present a lecture on this fascinating project which will be profusely illustrated with photographs from this unique collection.

For more information, please telephone Khun Arunsri at (02) 661 6470-7, fax (02) 258 3491, or e-mail

Admission is free to members of the Siam society, members’ spouses and children, and all students showing valid student I.D. cards. Non-Members are requested to make a donation of 200 baht.