By China Report ASEAN Bangkok Office
With all various types of textiles in the world, Thai silk has long been known as one of the most prestigious and sought after among all textiles. Each piece of Thai silk is traditionally hand-woven with a unique signature that cannot be replicated through technology or by commercial means. Thai silk is therefore regarded as a precious Thai heritage symbolizing the richness of Thai culture.
The ‘celebration of silk’ event has been organized for 8 years and is in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s continuous contributions to the promotion of Thai silk locally and globally. This year, the 8th celebration of silk: Thai Silk Road to the world, is the first time that Thailand promotes this event in a larger scale. Thai silk is now available all over the world for fashion designers to tailor the silk in various styles for different cultures.
The number of participating countries in this event has increased from 25 to 48 nations, almost doubling in size from last year. The 8th celebration of silk: Thai Silk Road to the world was held on the 1st of December at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at Central World, with grandly opening by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-chaof Thailand. (sixth from the left).
The objectives of the event are: (1) to educate Thai people, students and foreigners about Thai Silk and its history (2) to demonstrate Thai Silk production skills and expertise of farmers and producers around Thailand in order to be recognized internationally (3) to promote tourism in Thai Silk farms and production venues in each province around Thailand through Silk Tourism (4) to promote the use of Thai Silk and Thai culture through diplomatic channel and through international designers (5) to provide marketing opportunities to Thai Silk producers in Thailand.
There were totally 58 designers from different countries attended this event; two of them were – Chinese designers. The first one is Mr. Yi Ming, who is one of the most famous fashion stylists in China. The second one is Ms. Liu Wei who is a senior fashion designer, senior industrial artist, and the winner of ‘Golden Top Award’ in China.
On December 2nd, China kicked off the Country’s show of the 1st International Thai Silk Fashion Week. Madam Pan Peng(third from the left)congratulated Ms. Liu Wei (fifth from the left)and Mr. Yi Ming (second from the left)for the success.
Jimmy Choo(wear glasses) also graced the show and encouraged both Chinese designers to work with passion for the cultural and fashion exchanges by showcasing their wonderful pieces of art.