HISTORICAL BACKGROUND (Moreover (manufactured clothes and fabrics allowed…
manufactured clothes and fabrics allowed people to have more choice
The handwoven textiles of Na Muen Si sank into oblivion
The wooden looms were abandoned or put away in a corner of the house.
handful of female elders
wanted to give a new lease on life to their ailing art
78 year old
managed to persuade her three friends
to repair and reassemble wooden looms
They searched for broken parts of looms scattered in many houses
resurrected just one loom
It was put under Nang’s house.
The four matriarchs then passed on their knowledge to the young ones
One of the promising students
was the late Kuson Nilla
or Nang’s daughter
it inspired her to form Na Muen Si Weaving Group in 1973.
Her aim was to preserve the beloved traditional fabrics for the younger generation.
She absorbed every detail of hand-weaving taught by her mother
The custom of cloth weaving came to an abrupt end during World War II
When the war was over, cotton yarns were in short supply