Sbun-Nga Textile Museum now open

Textiles from over 1000 years ago to the present day

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Sbun-Nga Textile Museum had its soft opening on the May 23 at Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center. Aukkaradej Nakbanlung, the owner of the museum, presented old and rare textiles with some exhibits more than one thousand years old.

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The coronation dress of the Thai Yai’s Crown Prince, decorated with gemstones, colored glass and precious metals.

The dress of the master made from precious materials by ancient craftsmen.

It is believed this museum has the largest ancient textile collection in Thailand. There are woven clothes, weaving equipment and old photographs in the collection which took over 20 years to gather together and document. Inside the museum, there are many tribal textiles such as Thai Lue, Thai Lao, Thai Khoen, Thai Yai and Thai Yuan.

Aukkaradej revealed that there are more than 6,000 pieces of ancient textiles that would be rotated every six months. Initially, he would like to display these historical and fabulous textiles to the public to allow students and foreigners to learn the long history of Thai Lanna fabrics.

The museum is divided into five rooms, covering Thai Lue, Thai Lao, Thai Khoen, Thai Yai and Thai Yuan.

These textiles are from a 20 year collection and show variety of styles.

Royal dress of Phra Raja Jaya Chao Dara Rasami from the era of King Rama V.

Fantastic fabrics from ancient hill tribal people displayed inside the textile museum.

The outstanding characteristic of Thai Lue clothes is the use of colour and Lai Nam Lai (water flowing) design. Thai Lue tribes moved from the Xishuanbanna Kingdom, south China, to northern Thailand 200 years ago, settling in the area of Chiang Rai, Phayao, Chiang Mai and Lamphun.

The next room, displays Thai Lao tribe textiles. Its clothes have been vaunted as the most beautiful textiles with fantastic designs and patterns and it is the most favorite fabric among textile collectors.

In the Thai Khoen textile zone is the unique style of Pha Sin weaving connected with Thai Yai tribal clothes, which has an outstanding style of combination between Mon and Burmese cultures. The Thai Yai tribes also brought weaving techniques from China and India to create their own textiles.

Sbun-Nga textile museum is open daily (except Wednesdays) from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with an admission fee of 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children, students and handicapped people. The museum is located inside Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center on the Wua Lai road. For more details call 0 5321 5026 and 0 1883 6713.