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Thailand’s Mother’s Day typically falls on August 12, the same day as the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, The Queen Mother. As we enter a new month, we take a look back at how Thai people united in honouring both their mothers, as well as the mother of our nation. Among the celebrations was a spectacular five-day exhibition, titled ‘Thai Treasures’. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture and the Thai Rice Foundation under Royal Patronage, in partnership with the Chat rice brand and Iconsiam, which also served as the venue, the event took place from 8 August till 12 August, with the last day marking the royal birthday.
Many notable guests and celebrities attended the official opening of the gala affair. These included the Minister of Culture Itthiphol Kunplome, Kitsayapong Siri, Pasinee Limatibul, Sumeth Laomoraphorn, Kleddao Panichsamai, M.R. Chantraladda Yukol, and Prakarn Raiva, among others.
Paying tribute to the Queen Mother’s immense support of Thailand’s culture and heritage, the exhibition hosted several shows, workshops and performances, with a special focus on two of the country’s most valued traditions — Thai rice and Thai silk.
“Thai silk and Thai handicraft are well known in the overseas markets,” said Itthiphol. “The Queen Mother has been instrumental in promoting their recognition through her overseas trips. Thai silk is a valuable ancient heritage that represents our Thai value and pride.”
Holding a place of great pride, Thai silk from five regional communities known for their exceptional craftsmanship — Baan Krua Nua Bangkok, Khuntham Wat Somsri Baan Siew Noi Chaiyaphume, Thor Pha Mai Baan Kon Kha Khon Khaen, Huaysai Suksawad Lamphune, and Baan Tha Krajai Surat Thani — were on display in full colourful glory.
Talented designer Ek Thongprasert also showcased this beautiful fabric through elegant creations at a fashion show at the Charoen Nakorn Hall; the contemporary interpretations of the traditional material drew appreciation from an audience of all ages. As did another highlight: the stunning Sivalai Thai Costume from the Lampoon Province took close to five months to create and is priced at a costly THB500,000.
The other jewel of the Southeast Asian country’s culture, Thai rice, was given due importance, as well. A special presentation by the Thai Rice Foundation introduced the many unique varieties from different regions, such as jasmine rice 105, Kor Kaw 43, brown rice, Kam Payao or black sticky rice, and more.
Highly successful, the well-attended exhibition ended with a charming candle-lit ceremony marking the Queen Mother’s special day.