The Phuang Malai in Thai Fashion

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssyoutubetumblrinstagramfoursquaremail
image_pdfimage_print

Recently, I’ve come across some interesting and even edgy interpretations of the traditional Thai floral garland, the phuang malai, in Thai fashion. Traditionally, this kind of flower garland is used for ceremonial and auspicious occasions. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that many Thai people dissaprove of using the phuang malai as a fashion accessory. Nevertheless, I’d like to show you some unusual and stunning creations using the traditional Thai floral garland.

The Phuang Malai in Thai Fashion

For instance, Thai designer Rotsaniyom is well-known for their vintage, ethno and romantic creations. Hence, in one for their former collections called ‘Malai’, they used Thai flower garlands as a fancy shoe accessory.

Rotsaniyom Malai Collection

Thai fashion Rotsaniyom Malai Collection (photo: Rotsaniyom FB page)

The Rotsaniyom Malai collection uses traditional Thai flower garlands as shoe decoration

The Rotsaniyom Malai collection uses traditional Thai flower garlands as shoe decoration (photo: Rotsaniyom FB page)

What is more, in their recent collection, they feature a white dress which is kind of traditional Thai style. This dress is called ‘Choey Ceremony Dress’ and incorporates a white lacy phuang malai in the belt.

CHOEY CEREMONY DRESS (photo: Rotsaniyom FB page)

CHOEY CEREMONY DRESS (photo: Rotsaniyom FB page)

A white dress with the phuang malai in the belt (photo: Rotsaniyom FB page)

A white dress with the phuang malai as an accessory (photo: Rotsaniyom FB page)

Whereas Rotsaniyon presents us romantic interpretations of the Thai floral garland in fashion, the Lounge Hair Salon came up with some more edgy creations including the floral garland at the BIFW 2015 (Bangkok International Fashion Week).

Edgy incoporation of the phuang malai at the BIFW 2015 (photo: Amat Nimitpark)

Edgy incoporation of the phuang malai at the BIFW 2015 (photo: Amat Nimitpark)

For example, there is a spiky, metallic floral garland which is used as a hair accessory. This metallic phuang malai really seems to be punk and also a bit goth. Well, I’m not sure what to think of it!? I don’t find it beautiful but nevertheless it is extraordinary and eye-catching.

A punk phuang malai by The Lounge Hair Salon (photo: theloungehairsalon.com)

A punk phuang malai by The Lounge Hair Salon BIFW 2015 (photo: theloungehairsalon.com)

They also featured a Thai floral garland made from hair. I think this looks amazing and certainly took a lot of time and effort to create. This is truly a work of art and needs to be appreciated 🙂

Thai floral garland made from hair (photo: theloungehairsalon.com)

Thai floral garland made from hair BIFW 2015 (photo: theloungehairsalon.com)

Phuang Malai as an edgy fashion accessory BIFW 2015 (photo: Amat Nimitpark)

Phuang Malai as an edgy fashion accessory BIFW 2015 (photo: Amat Nimitpark)

Summing up, we may say that the phuang malai seems to have found its way from traditonal (ceremonial) object into Thai fashion. I find it very interesting and amazing how Thai designers and other artists interpret the traditional Thai flower wreath. What do you think of the more edgy creations?

Yours, Sirinya

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinrssyoutubetumblrinstagramfoursquaremail

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!