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Chiang Mai Fashion Week to promote city as fashion hub

Tribal art and culture exhibited at Central Airport Plaza

Lanna textiles mirror culture and lifestyle

Flight attendant training course

Chiang Mai Fashion Week to promote city as fashion hub

“Hubs” are in fashion again!

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat has set up a committee to develop the marketing of textiles, particularly cotton and silk, in line with policies to promote fashion and set up Chiang Mai as a regional fashion hub.

Fashion show spectacular

The program will go under the name of “Lanna Fashion” and coordinate fashion activities in the eight provinces of the Upper Northern region of Thailand. Deputy Governor Prinya Panthong, chairman of the committee, inaugurated the program at a meeting at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on September 6.

Provincial heads of government organizations responsible for promoting textiles and the fashion industry, OTOP producers, design experts from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University and the Department of Textile Design, Rajamangala Institute of Technology attended the meeting.

The objective of the program is to develop the production, design and marketing of fashion apparel to promote Lanna fashion domestically and internationally. Lanna textiles and fashion trends have always had a strong influence on the Thai fashion industry.

“Along with a wealth of rural textile producers and dynamic local fashion designers, coupled with national plans to promote Chiang Mai as a regional hub, the time is ripe to set up a regional fashion program,” the deputy governor said. “It is also important to look towards long-term plans to develop the regional fashion industry and increase its competitiveness. It is anticipated that with the end of the global textile quota system for imports and exports in January 2005 and return of free trade, we can expect intense competition from China.”

Fashion activities are being organized by the Northern Industrial Promotion Center, Department of Textile Design, Rajamangala Institute of Technology, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University and Northern Fashion Center, Chiang Mai Vocational College.

A “Chiang Mai Fashion Week” will be held from December 25-30 and include workshops in design and marketing, contests to select top designers and fashion models, trade fairs to promote regional fashion products and a gala fashion show will present winning designs.

Tribal art and culture exhibited at Central Airport Plaza

Autsadaporn Kamthai

An exhibition of tribal art and culture was held at the Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai from September 17-19. It was coordinated by the Office of Social Welfare Services in the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in collaboration with the Royal Project, Hill Tribe Development and Welfare Center, Academic Promotion and Support Office 10.

Chiang Mai Vice Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn (right) talking to the two hill tribe people who brought their weaving to be sold at the exhibition.

The main objectives were to promote activities and promote products supporting the highland community’s economy, and publicize tourism sites of hill tribe villages in 14 provinces. These sites are in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Lamphun, Nan, Phayao, Phrae, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Tak, Kamphaeng Petch, Uthai Thani and Kanchanaburi.

It also aimed at teaching urban people about the hill tribe life style, art and culture as well as their tribal wisdom, to be preserved as part of the social and cultural heritage of the country.

The hill tribes who have been members of the Hill Tribe Development and Welfare Center in these 14 provinces are from different ethnic groups - including Hmong, Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Akha, and Phi Tong Luang or Yellow Leaf hill tribe. All of them dressed in their tribal clothes and brought their typical performance arts and handicrafts to show to city dwellers.

Wanlop Ploytabtim, permanent secretary of Social Development and Human Security presided over the opening ceremony of the exhibition on September 17 together with Chiang Mai Vice Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn.

Lanna textiles mirror culture and lifestyle

Nopniwat Krailerg

An exhibition of textiles and the Lanna ways of life was opened last week as part of the year-long celebrations marking HM the Queen’s 72nd birthday.

Dr Chao Duangduen na Chiangmai, president of the Chiang Mai Provincial Cultural Council, cuts the ribbon to officially open the show.

Dr Chao Duangduen na Chiangmai, president of the Chiang Mai Provincial Cultural Council, presided over the opening, on September 20, of the “Lanna Textiles - Lanna’s Cultural Lifestyle” exhibition at the National Museum in Chiang Mai. It will run until August 2005.

A variety of textiles is being displayed to promote the way of life of Lanna people. Beautifully designed Lanna patterns mirror their traditions and beliefs.

These textiles can be used to make garments, blankets, and other household items, as well as apparel for auspicious traditional ceremonial occasions, including bed sheets for the traditional wedding ceremony or wrapping Lanna scriptures.

Flight attendant training course

Put your tray tables upright and pay attention

Staff reporters

The third 36 hour vocational flight attendant course will commence next month, the Humanities’ Academic Services (HAS) Center at Chiang Mai University.

The class will run every Saturday from October 16 to November 27 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Faculty of Humanities, according to the center’s director, Assistant Professor Annop Limpanarom.

The course will be conducted by experts from the headquarters of Thai Airways International (THAI). The registration fee per participant is 3,000 baht.

Careers in the airlines business are always sought after. However, to work in this field requires specific knowledge and skills. For this reason, the HAS center is offering the course for those eager to work as cabin crew.

For more information or to apply, contact the HAS Center, tel. 0-5349-3217, 0-5349-2308 or fax 0-5349-2303.