Royal Thai Embassy in collaboration with the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), and Al Sadu Society organized a cultural event titled ‘Thai Textiles: The Touch of Thai’.
The event, held over 18 and 19 March, at Sadu House featured in addition to the textile exhibition, a reception, a fashion show, a lecture and workshop on Thai textiles and an entertaining traditional Thai dance and music performance.
The exhibition was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait H.E. Dusit Manapan, in the presence of the Honorary President of Al-Sadu Weaving Cooperative Society, Sheikha Altaf Salem Al-Sabah, the Chairperson of Al-Sadu House Handcraft Society, Sheikha Bibi Duaij Al-Sabah, and the Secretary-General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) Ali Al-Youha. Also in attendance were special invitees, members of the Thai community, and media personnel. More than 30 cultural and textile experts from Thailand participated in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikha Altaf Salem Al-Sabah pointed out that Sadu House is a special platform that allows for the artistic and cultural exchange between Kuwait and countries preserving and promoting their traditional weaving techniques. This is done with the support of concerned embassies, who offer specialized lectures and workshops that are open to members and scholars in the textile field,” she added.
For his part, the Ambassador Manapan expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Al Sadu Association and the cooperation provided by the NCCAL in facilitating preparations and organizing the cultural event. He pointed out that this cooperation reflects the excellent relations between Thailand and Kuwait, as well as the people of the two countries.
He pointed out that the exhibition showcases the projects spearheaded by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand to preserve the country’s unique textile arts and crafts and to highlight that Thai textiles have now become fashionable.
As part of the event, visitors to the exhibition were entertained by captivating performances featuring traditional Thai dance and music that provided a glimpse of the culture of Thailand. The highlight of the evening was the Contemporary Fashion Show which featured a colorful array of outfits with a modern twist that underlined the lasting quality and beauty of Thai textiles. A lecture and a workshop on Thai textiles, led by professionals in the field, was held on the second day of the exhibition.