Distinctive Textiles

During the Rattanakosin era. During the Rattanakosin era.
In central Thailand, during the early Ratanakosin era (approximately 150 years ago), court ladies liked to wear brocaded tube-skirts with front-pleated lengths of cloth. They also wore tube-skirts painted with gold leaf to indicate that they were of high royal rank. On top, the ladies wrapped a thin silk sabai, accordion pleated and worn off one shoulder as an inner garment, and covered this with a more elaborate wrap that was completely embroidered with gold and silver sequins. This court attire was embellished with jewelry made with gold and rough cut diamonds or gold with red and green enamel. Since royalty did not favour the wearing of earrings during the early Ratanakosin period, earrings were not popularly worn.

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