Thai Textile Tin Chok Museum Ratchaburi
Thai Textile Tin Chok museum Ratchaburi is located at Wat Kae Sai, Moo.13, Khu Bua Sub-District, Muang Ratchaburi District. It is the museum that displays the progress of weaving Tin Chok cloth as well as sells Thai-Vietnamese Chok textile with the aim of preserving the core values of Chok textile and making it to become one of the Thai-Vietnamese best heritages. Udom Somporn and Wat Kaerai School Alumnis with Thai- Vietnamese blood whom emigrated from Chiang Saen are the group that initiated the museum 1987. The group got cooperation from the government sector, private sector, and charity organizations to build this museum and make it as a center of knowledge for students and public. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was invited to be the guest of honor in an opening ceremony that was held on October 14, 1991. There are nine different patterns for the vintage textiles which are as follows: Kong Kaeng pattern, Dok Sia pattern, Karb pattern, Nha Mhorn pattern, Dok Kaew pattern, Hak Nok Khu pattern, Kong Kaeng Son Sia pattern, Karb Dok Kaew pattern, and Kae Rai pattern. Kae Rai pattern was created after Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn came over at the museum and plant one of the Kae Rai tree here. Udom Somporn later ordered craftsmen to carve the Kae Rai flower pettern. Also, there are many more patterns show at the museum such as Dok Khao Tok pattern, Khor Pra Jae pattern, Kood pattern, Nok Khu Kin Nam Huam Tao pattern, Khor Liao pattern, Nok Khao Hong pattern, Nak pattern, Ma pattern, Nok pattern, Sapao pattern, Malilueay pattern, etc.The area inside the museum was divided into two zones. The first zone is an exhibition zone that keeps all the Chok textiles inside the glass cabinet. There are more than 100 kinds of textile both vintage and new display for anyone interested.The second zone is where the people come to encounter the progress of weaving Tin Chok cloth and Thai-Vietnamese girl will show and take care of you throughout the tour.The museum opens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the admission is free.For further information, please call 032300031How to get here?By car: Take the road that heads to Khu Bua Sub-District which is 7 kilometers far from the center of the town.By Bus: Take a bus from Bangkok Bus Terminal (South) which departs at every single hour. Later when reach the center of Ratchaburi town, find a motorcycle ride of tricycle ride to bring you directly to the museum.