The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles: Dressing Gods and Demons, Costume for Khon
The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles visits London for the first time, and celebrates Khon, one of Thailand’s oldest narrative dance forms, revived by Her Majesty the Queen as a royal craft from the Thai courts. Alongside demonstrations that show the making of Khon costumes by skilled weavers, embroiderers, and mask-makers, performers also create the intricate Royal Khon dance.
The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles was founded by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit within the Grand Palace grounds in Bangkok and officially opened in 2012. The Museumcollects, displays, preserves, and serves as a centre for textiles from Asia, with an emphasis on Thailand and its royal court. The establishment of the Queen Sirikit Museumof Textiles embodies Her Majesty’s efforts to assure the preservation of Thailand’s textile arts for future generations. The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles is under the SUPPORT Foundation of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The Foundation that was established in 1976 with an objective to help people in rural areas to gain supplementary income. Moreover, Her Majesty has realised the exquisiteness and uniqueness of local hand-woven silk by villagers as seen in Her Majesty’s birthday address in 1988:
“…When accompanying His Majesty, I have had the opportunity to meet Thais living in rural areas all over the country… many are talented artists. These craftspeople are so creative that no one has to design for them. They are people who have really preserved the heritage of beautiful Thai silk. They deserve nothing but praise for this important work.”