Exhibition: Dressing Gods and Demons – Costume for Khon

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles - Dressing Gods and Demons

Exhibition dates: 4 August – May 2017

Opening today, this exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, in Bangkok, Thailand, celebrates the auspicious occasion of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 7th cycle birthday anniversary on 12 August 2016. It describes the origins of Khon and its historical presentation. It then highlights the modern Khon costumes created for the revival of this important art form by Queen Sirikit. The galleries display old and new Khon costumes, masks and jewellery.

In 2005, when Her Majesty Queen Sirikit set about organising the revival of Khon, one of Thailand’s oldest narrative dance forms, she assembled a scholarly research team to discover what the costumes might have looked like in the past. After the historical evidence had been collected, specialists were selected to design new costumes to fit contemporary adults. This degree of authenticity required the re-establishment or expansion of the weaving, embroidery, mask- and jewellery-making workshops necessary to produce all aspects of Khon costuming.

For more information, visit the website of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok, Thailand.

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