Activity Studio 2012 "Pressing, Perfuming, and Preserving: Caring for Textiles in the Inner Court"
Using historic objects supplemented with special programs and lectures, Pressing, Perfuming, and Preserving: Caring for Textiles in the Inner Court explained and illustrated traditional methods of treating fine fabrics at the court of HM King Rama V (r.1868-1910). This exhibition marks the Auspicious Occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s th 80 Birthday Anniversary.
The traditional clothing of the Thai court comprised rectangular textiles of rich silk or cotton worn wrapped and draped around the body. These textiles were cared for using a variety of processes. In addition to washing and ironing, fabrics were routinely glazed, pleated, and perfumed—procedures that were performed in the inner court, the domain of the wives and consorts, sisters, and daughters of the king. These royal women occasionally carried out such activities themselves, but more often their servants did the work under their direction.