Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
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Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
Jim Thompson’s name might be synonymous with Thai silk, but perhaps nobody has championed the heritage and artistry of the shimmering material—arguably the most exquisite silk in the world—more than her majesty Queen Sirikit. Starting with her Support Foundation in 1976 to promote traditional handicrafts, and continuing with her repeated donning of Thai silk for public appearances, the queen’s pride for the national product culminated in the opening of this museum in 2012. Nine years in the making and situated in the former Ministry of Finance building of the Grand Palace, the museum features galleries, storage facilities, an education studio, a library, a lecture hall, and Thailand’s first dedicated conservation laboratory focusing on the textiles of the royal court. Photo Credit: Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
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