Weaving Together Burma-Thai Relations

Thai supermodel Pancake Kemmanit wears the most liked dress of the night, created by Mogok Pouk Pouk. (Vincenzo Floramo / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — As Burma marks 65 years of diplomatic relations with Thailand, the Thai embassy in Rangoon hosted and event designed to exhibit the close ties between the neighbors.

The exhibition, called “Textiles of the Two Lands,” was held to celebrate the birthday of Thailand’s Queen Sirikit, who turned 80 this year. The embassy said the choice of traditional textiles for the event was symbolic of the weaving of strong bonds between the Southeast Asian allies. The traditional fabrics industries of the region is also a keen interest of the queen, who dedicates her time to vocational training and conservation of the practices and preservation of the arts and crafts of the region.

Experts and textile collectors from the two countries discussed the use of traditional arts in modern fashion design and global business opportunities the industry has to offer. Some of the designers showing off their work included Ajarn Paothong Thongchuar, from Thailand, and Burma designer Mogok Pouk Pouk, while actress Daw Grace Shwe Zin Htaik also attended alongside guest star Pancake Kemmanit, the Thai supermodel.

At a dinner the next day, Burma’s budding celebrities rubbed shoulders with their Thai counterparts,  Burmese government ministers and visiting experts where the cost of a plate went to Burma’s Red Cross Society.

4 Responses to Weaving Together Burma-Thai Relations

  1. Shameful Relationship, No visa exemption for their citizens, not even for the transit visa.

  2. after u watched that gala night dinner what u suffer?i suffered siam showed their soft power and i was really disappointed why our sides accept that kind of exhibition.why our side did not think side affects

  3. Who’s the clown by her side? The most disgusting men’s fashion I’ve ever seen in my life!!!! Well, the Beauty and the Beast!!!!!!

  4. Oo talone nae Shwe Yoe. The Thai lady looks good anyway.

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