Distinctive Textiles
Thai Dance

Down through the centuries, Thailand's fascinating culture has found one of its most expressive forms in the distinctive textiles and beautiful costumes of its people. Thailand's history is brilliantly reflected in the skills of its weavers and the rich diversity of costumes worn by all members of the Thai people. Nowhere is this rich diversity more apparent than amongst ethnic Tais where a common Tai language has created cultural links and common core beliefs.


During the Rattanakosin era the court ladies of central Thailand wore intricately decorated tube-skirts and sabais to indicate their high royal rank.
The Tai-Lue women from Chiang Khong still wear traditional ankle-length tube-skirts with colourfully woven centre pieces and hempieces of indigo-dyed cloth.
Aristocratic Tai-Lao ladies from the southern part of north-east Thailand wore tie-dyed mudmee (Ikat) silk tube-skirts pressed to show lovely folds.
The costumes of the Nohra dancers from southern Thailand of the Nineteenth Century during the reign of Rama V.
Tai-Lao women from Luang Prabang still wear this full dress ceremonial attire.
The high-born woman of the Tai Kern tribe from northern Thailand,for important ceremonies,wore a tube-skirt called a Sin Mai Kam.
The men and woman from southern Thailand wore batik patterned sarongs.
Women from the Tai Dang group wrapped two pieces of Pa Bieng, exquisitely woven using the special teen jok technique, across each shoulder for formal occasions.
This Sixteenth Century warrior from the middle Ayudhya period wears a long-sleeved shirt accented with stripes and a patterned jong krabane over striped pants.
This shows the attire of the men and women worn by the Tai-Lao tribe of north-east Thailand during the last century.
Over a century ago, the Tai-Yai tribesmen wore bright red velvet cloaks over two layers of ornate brocaded shirts atop ankle-length woven tapestry sarongs.
In the 1800's, Tai-Yai women wore woven tapestry skirts and long-sleeved outer garments which were left open at the front.

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Data from Thai Airways International 's Calendar 1997