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Meechai Taesujariya

Meechai Taesujariya from the province of Ubon Ratchathani is renowned for his weaving skills as well as his cultural preservation efforts. He was recognised in 2013 as a New Heritage Artisan by SACICT (The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand). He is the son of Khampun Srisai, also a weaver who was recognised as a National Artist by the National Cultural Commission of Thailand in 2018. In 2000, with the help of his mother, he created the famous pha kab bua pattern that has been adopted as the official cloth of the province.

 

He is leader of the weaving studio of Baan Khampun widely known for producing exquisite silk ikat and brocade fabrics. The studio has managed to revive precious textile styles that were previously lost, for instance the Pha Sin Thiu Muk, an ancient textile of the province’s nobility thought to be extinct for almost a century before its revival. Baan Khampun is housed in a wooden mansion built in old Thai style and serves not only as a workshop for its 40 weaving artisans but also a textile museum featuring a rare collection of silk and other native fabrics. The complex is open to the public once a year and seeks to also be a centre of craft preservation.