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The first place I’m going to write about is nonetheless where I currently work. Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, as I told you from last post, I’m in charge of designing souvenirs here. In our museum shop, there are 2 categories of them, first one is products that were made by members of The SUPPORT foundation. Second one is products we designed in house that contain stories related to exhibitions within our museum. This is what I do here. Anyway most of them were made of The SUPPORT fabrics and textiles.
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles is located at Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building, standing just right-hand side from the main visitors’ gate of The Grand Palace. In term of working here has a privilege to see the most beautiful scenes of Wat Prakeaw that no one else’s allowed to, such as in early morning when none of tourist is all over the place and late at night when they all gone and it was completely silent.
Back to the museum, generally it is occupied by exhibitions in full 4 galleries. Gallery 1 and 2 have been exhibited the royal collection of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s wardrobe in an occasion of Her Majesty visiting the states and Europe back in 60s. In those days, Thai people didn’t have our traditional clothes like how Japaneses have their Kimono or Indians wear their Saree.
Her Majesty has come to conclusion of gathering scholars and couturiers to discuss and create her royal private wardrobe, in order to show the world the queen of Thailand. The clothes were created in both style of Thai and Western. Some of them were master pieces from Thai designers and some were made by world famous fashion house, Pierre Balmain with his skill in design and embroidered by Maison Lesage.
You can study more about Thai National dress by visiting the Gallery 1 ‘The Artistry in Silk: The Royal Style of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’ and Gallery 2 ‘Fashioning Tradition: Queen Sirikit creates a national dress for Thailand’. Plus we do have actual book about these 2 exhibitions published, called ‘In Royal Fashion: The Style of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand’.
The latest exhibition is ‘The Storyteller: an exhibition in Honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th Birthday’. These galleries 3 and 4 are exhibited Her Royal Highness’s private collection in purpose of studying different cultures through different objects that Her Royal Highness Princess has received and bought while visiting abroad. This exhibition opens only 10 months and it will be closed on 31st March 2016. So please hurry come if you are interested.
Take my important advice that none of galleries are allowed to take a photo. So please strictly bear in mind that you will be fined 5,000 Baht if found guilty.
Apart of these exhibitions in our galleries, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles has always organized monthly activity that inviting people who are interested in Thai textiles to join many workshops and seminars. You can check up the website or facebook page for updated news and activities.
These are some photos from previous activities. So please keep updating if you don’t want to miss any interesting news from the museum. In addition, within this year, Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles will have a big change. In all 4 galleries will be replaced by new exhibitions in honour of celebrating Her Majesty Queen Sirikit 7 cycles, 84th birthday anniversary.
Opens everyday from 09:00-16:30
Last admission 15:30
Admission to the museum is included in the Grand Palace visitor’s entry fee; please show your palace ticket at the ticket desk for museum admission.
Ticket prices for Thai and foreigner
Adults: 150 baht
Seniors (over 65): 80 baht
Students (with ID): 50 baht
Youth (12-18): 50 baht
Children (under 12): free