The Royal Thai Embassy, in collaboration with the National Museum, New Delhi and the Thai Khadi Research Institute, Thammasat University, is organizing a special exhibition “Mudmee: A Shared Silk Heritage” at the National Museum, New Delhi.
“Mudmee: A Shared Silk Heritage” is an exhibition on Mudmee silk which features around 50 pieces of old and new Mudmee silk from Thailand, and a few dresses and accessories made from Thai Mudmee silk, along with a selection of Indian Ikat silk from the collection of the National Museum, New Delhi
Thailand and India have shared a long history of textiles. Various types of textiles were imported from India to Siam for the local market and royal court use since Ayutthaya period (14th – 18th Century) including block-printed or painted cotton (chintz) from Masulipatnam, silk brocade from Banaras, and patola (double ikat silk) from Gujarat. Siamese had commissioned Indian-made textiles with Siamese royal patterns exclusively for the royal court, usually with the flame motifs, as seen in traditional Thai paintings and architecture. At the same time, textiles with simplified or mixed patterns of Indian taste were produced for the general Siamese public. These Indian-Thai patterns and motifs can still be seen in the Mudmee Silk in Thailand today.
The exhibition will open on Friday 10 August 2018 at 5.00 PM and will be on view until 25 September 2018. The inauguration will be presided by H.E. Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand, and Dr. B. R. Mani, Director General, National Museum, New Delhi. There will be a special lecture and gallery walk by Dr. Anucha Thirakanont, Director of Thai Khadi Research Institute and Curator of the Exhibition at the opening evening.
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