Thai Textile Society Study Trip Surin – Land of Silk and Elephants

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Subject: Thai Textile Society Study Trip Surin – Land of Silk and Elephants
Date: October 9th 2017

Thai Textile Society Study Trip

    Surin – Land of Silk and Elephants

November 17th-19th,   2017

Lead by  K. Chomporn Dhanesnittaya



 The Thai Textile Society is pleased to announce a study trip to Surin, 17-19 November 2017 to be led by Steering Committee Member, Khun Chomporn Dhanesnittaya. Participants will have the unique opportunity to witness the world famous annual Elephant Round-up festival, visit weaving villages well known for their fine silk brocade and mudmee textiles, the Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center and also museums and temples along the way.

We will visit Ban Tha Sawang, home of the exquisite Chansoma gold brocade where 700-1,400 heddles and supplementary weft silk threads are used to produce dazzling designs. Looking at 3-4 people sitting on two floors and managing very long cords hanging from the heddles, whilst the weaver throws the shuttle through the waft threads, only to see the pattern on the reverse side is a sight to behold. Ajarn Wiratham Trakunngoenthai, a Surin native, Art Lecturer and SACICT Master Artisan is Director of the center and leads the project to revive and preserve the weaving of gold brocade which were made for the royal court in the past.

Fellow SACICT Master Artisan, Surachote Thamcharoen heads the weaving community in Ban Na Tang where only natural dyes are used to colour silk yarns. He, too is instrumental in preserving traditional patterns and dying techniques in Surin and other provinces. We will have the opportunity to visit this village and see the weavers at work.

TTS will make a return visit to weaver-artist Banterng Wongwai and his neighboring weavers in Sangkha District. Both natural and chemical dyes are used to make mudmee textiles here. Weaving activities have expanded since our last visit in 2010. 

Limited to 12 participants

Please reserve by 25th October 2017 as airline seats are limited. Full payment is required as soon as your reservation is confirmed.


17 November (Friday)

06.30:            Meet at Don Muang Airport (paper bag breakfast!) and check-in

07.25:                        Board Nok Air DD9312 for Ubon Ratchathani

08.30:                        Arrive Ubon Ratchathani. Proceed to Surin by van

11.00             Brief stop at Prasat Sri Khoraphum, 12th C Shiva temple in mixed Baphuon and Angkor style, Khmer ruins


Afternoon:   Lunch

                        Visit Ban Na Tang village

                        Visit Queen Sirikit Sericulture Center


Evening:        Check-in at Hotel Majestic Surin


                        O/N in hotel

18 November (Saturday)

Morning:      Breakfast at hotel

                        Elephant Round-up

Afternoon:   Lunch

                        Visit Banterng Wongwai and his neigbours in Sangkha

Ruen Mai (silk yarn shop which also lines up threads in frames for weavers before tying and dying)

                        OTOP market (open Saturdays only)       

Evening:        Dinner

                        O/N in hotel

19 November (Sunday)

Morning:      Breakfast and check-out from hotel

                        Visit Surin Museum

                        Visit Ban Tha Sawang                                        

Afternoon:   Lunch

                        Proceed to Ubon

                        Visit Wat Tung Sri Muang, Wat Burapharam

                        Shopping/Tea break

Evening:  18.00 - Arrive Ubon Airport and check-in for flight

      19.05 - Depart NokAir DD 9319 for Bangkok

                 20.00 - Arrive Don Muang Airport

                        End of trip

Cost of trip covering airfare, land transportation, hotel accommodation, meals, admission tickets (Elephant Round-up and museum):

Members: Baht 14,500

Non Members: Baht 15,500

Single room surcharge: Baht 1,500

Payment details:   Thai Textile Society

Kasikorn Bank, Siam Square Branch

Savings Account No.: 0261-104741

(Limited to 12 Persons.  Please reserve by 25th October 2017 as airline seats are limited. Full payment is required as soon as your reservation is confirmed.)

Particulars of deposit must be emailed (scanned) to the address below with your name, date deposited and the name of your bank.  

Reservation and deposit information:   Email:

The Thai Textile Society Reserves the Right to Change the Schedule as Necessary

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