Chiang Mai Fashion Week
to promote city as fashion hub
“Hubs” are in fashion again!
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.