Another exhibition held at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Dressing Gods and Demons: Costume For Khon is also the new one, occupied in Galleries 3 and 4.
The exhibition describes the origins of Khon and its historical presentation. It then highlights the modern Khon costumes created for the revival of this important art form by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The galleries will display old and new Khon costumes, masks and jewellery.
Almost ten years ago, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit had seen that Khon performance, at that moment, had decreased its popularity. Thai people didn’t appreciate the essence and history of this national oldest narrative dance anymore.
Her Majesty the Queen had gathered scholars and local artisans to revive Khon performance once again. Historical costumes and jewellery were studied to find solution in creating new set of them to fit with the modern stage and young generation of performers.
Later we have known this as the Royal Khon Performace.
The revival of The Royal Khon Performance is not only increasing awareness of Thai people to acknowledge the essence of this Thai national performance, but also making new generation of artisans and giving life to the oldest local wisdom that rarely exists nowadays. The making of Khon costumes requires technical capability of weaving, embroidery, mask- and jewelry-making to precisely produce the beautiful set of costume.
The exhibition will run through May 2017, so please hurry visit if you’re interested. In addition, this year Royal Khon Performance presents The Allegiance of Phiphek. Start performing from 5 November until 5 December 2016. The tickets are now available.
And I do recommend the souvenirs from this exhibition because of its strong colours. If you are looking for some presents that represent Thai-ness. I do ask you to take a look of this souvenir collection. The detail of Khon embroidery has been interpreted into many designs on many products. You can find the products range from useful households to fashion accessories.
QUEEN SIRIKIT MUSEUM OF TEXTILES
Address: Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building, The Grand Palace,
Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
The museum is open daily from 9.00-16.30
Last admission is at 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
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