Thai Textile Museum

Textile Museum Background

Naresuan University is committed to the implementation of four missions and objectives: to teach, to conduct research, to provide academic services to the public, and to promote cultural conservation. With the assistance of outside organizations, the university strives to integrate the four objectives whenever possible so that both a business approach and an academic approach can go hand-in-hand. Out of this policy was born the “Textile Museum.”

The university understands that “cotton” is a major agricutural product which needs development and promotion. Joining together with the “Chitralada Shop”, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, and the Tourist Organization of Thailand, the university has been able to establish the “Naresuan University Textile Museum.”

In the future, the museum plans to extend its collection of textiles beyond cotton. A large display area will provide opportunities for both the Thai public and foreign tourists to observe and learn to appreciate the elements of traditional Thai culture as represented by the cottage textile industry.

Objectives

1. To celebrate the Golden Jubilee Wedding Anniversary of their majesties the King and Queen in the Year 2000.
2. To join in celebrating the 72nd birthday of His Majesty the King.
3. To celebrate the 12th anniversary of the establishment of Naresuan University.
4. To establish a center for the gathering of academic data focusing on textiles in order to promote public and academic
5.1.A building containing implements and tools used in the cottage textile industry since ancient times.
5.2/5.3 Two buildings providing demonstrations of basic weaving and special weaving procedures.
5.4 A building demonstrating hand-Woven textile products.

Besides demonstrations of the methods employed in weaving cotton cloth, visitors can walk through garden of plants and flowers from Thai literature and observe the actual growing of the plants used in producing Thai cotton.

Located in eight small buildings approximately 200 meters on the left upon entering the university through the main gate. Information is the different buildings is on display as follows:
1. The Information Center provides a broad-based selection of materials concerned with the cottage textile industry; for example, information on textile production, types of fabrics and the history of textiles, especially that found in the northern provinces.

2. A Lecture Hall seating 40 designed to provide information about the processes involved in producing Thai cotton before guests continue through the remaining buildings of the museum.
3. Demonstration of methods used to pick and dry cotton.
4. Demonstration of methods used in making cotton thread and the process used to dye the thread with natural materials.
5. Demonstration of method used in weaving cotton cloth divided between four building: