Photoshooting with Thai Fabric Jewelry

It’s been quite a while since my small handicraft shop ‘Sirinya Ann’s Atelier’ has been active. I first started out handcrafting items from Thai fabric in 2013. I don’t sell anymore but I still enjoy wearing the articles myself. Thus, recently I’ve had the idea to wear an extravagant collar necklace for a photoshoot. It turned out amazing and unique. I really love wearing jewelry that I created myself and that nobody else has.

Thai Fabric Jewelry

Sirinya wearing a colllar necklace made from Thai fabric

Sirinya wearing a colllar necklace made from Thai fabric

I realized that this kind of diy jewelry is truly amazing for giving an extravagant touch to any outfit. Though by now I’ve nearly run out of my crafting materials from Thailand, I still very much love creating accessories and jewelry with traditional Thai fabric.

En Vogue with a statement necklace made from Thai brocade

En Vogue with a statement necklace made from Thai brocade

 

Fashionshoot with Thai brocade necklace

Fashionshoot with Thai brocade necklace

I wish I had more access to these fabics but living in Germany, they are hard or even impossible to obtain. In this context, I’m also reminded of the Siamese fashionista, a trend that came up about four years ago. I recall that was a group that tried to maintain the way Siamese people dressed in prior centuries. I’m not sure what has become of this group and if traditional Thai clothing has become a dress that can be worn on any occasion. However, I very much like the idea of dressing in the traditonal Thai way. Crafting small items from Thai fabric has been my way to relate to this trend.

Wearing Thai fabric jewelry

Wearing Thai fabric jewelry

Finally, all I can say to finish off this little post, is that I’d really love to wear a traditional Thai dress and also that I’d like to have more fabrics of this kind for crafting.




Traditional Thai Make Up Style and Look

Today I’d like to focus on the topic of ‘Traditional Thai Make Up’. However, I must say right at the start that I could not really figure it out whether there is actually a kind of ‘official’ make up look that is considered traditional in Thailand.

Traditional Thai Make up

Nonetheless, I’ve found some information on how to create make up looks that go well with the style of traditional Thai dresses. As you probably remember from my articles on traditional Thai dresses, these gowns are very beautiful, colourful, extravagant and sometimes also opulently embroidered. Hence, a fresh, natural make up look with predominantly light colours goes best with these kind of Thai dresses which are mostly worn on formal occasions and ceremonies like weddings.

In the following, I’d like to show you some examples of the traditionalistic Thai make up look and the hair style which is worn with this make up.

Traditional Thai Make Up Look and Hair Style

Traditional Thai Make Up Look and Hair Style (photo credit: pantip.com)

I think you will notice that these make up looks are relatively decent, using mostly natural and light rosy colours. Thus, these make up styles provide a glowing and radiant look. There are no bold shades used in these make up styles so that they do not ‘outshine’ the beautiful opulent Thai traditional dresses that are worn with these looks.

Thai wedding make up

Thai wedding make up (photo credit: phuketfmradio.com)

 

Wedding hair and make up for Thai dress

Wedding hair and make up for Thai dress (photo credit: women.kapook.com)

Traditional make up style (photo credit Amat Nimitpark)

Traditional make up style (photo credit: Amat Nimitpark)

I’ve found a nice video by JAS production showing you in detail how to create such a traditional Thai makeup look. However, this video is only in Thai language and there are no English subs but I think it’s easy to follow just by watching 🙂

In this video, the make up artist focuses on a flawless complexion and creates an earthy-brown smokey eye. In addition, false lashes are applied to enhance the look. In the pictures above, the women also wear artificial lashes as far as I can tell. Thus, I think that false lashes complete the traditional Thai make up look. However, in the video the eye make up is generally stronger than in the photos shown here. Nevertheless, the rosy blush completes the look as well as the rosy nude (light rosewood) shade of the lips. In the video and in the pictures the lip make up is completed by some lip gloss on top for extra shine. In addition, this make up style is also connected with Thai beauty ideals in general.

If you like this look, I recommend you check out my post about Pearypie – Thai Makeup Artist because she also creates this kind of style among others.

Summing up, we may say that a traditional Thai make up look is radiant, using predominantly light and natural colours. What is more, the focus is on the eyes so that artificial lashes are a must to complete this look. Do you like this make up style? I think it’s very pretty and stunning. However, it’s not too flamboyant and I will definitely try it out myself 🙂

Yours, Sirinya




Traditional Thai Dresses Part I

Ever since I was little, I have been fascinated by the amazingly gorgeous traditional Thai dresses. The Thai national or traditional dress is called ‘Chut Thai phra ratcha niyom’ (ชุดไทยพระราชนิยม) in Thai which means ‘Thai dress of royal endorsement’. This kind of dress (chut Thai) is commonly worn on formal occasions as national costume.

traditional dresses at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles

Traditional Thai dresses at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok, Thailand*

Today we can distinguish between eight different styles of Thai national dresses. They are said to have originated in the mid 20th century. In fact, when HM Queen Sirikit accompanied the King in state visits to Western countries in 1960, she realized the need for a modern national costume. Thus, Queen Sirikit had research conducted concerning historical records of royal dresses. Consequently, eight official designs were developed and also promoted by HM Queen Sirikit herself.

I will focus on traditional (national) Thai dresses for women but of course there are also national attire for men. I have divided this article into two parts, simply because there is so much material and information. Hence, I think it is better to have smaller ‘bites’ 😉

Traditional Thai dresses

Traditional Thai dresses featured in this post (photo credit: bangkokpost.com)

Traditional Thai Dresses

1. Chut Thai Chakkri

Chut Thai Chakkri is a very formal and elegant dress. This kind of garment is usually produced by using the Yok weaving technique. A special feature of the Yok weaving method is that it creates additional thickness within the fabrics without adding extra threads. In the Chakkri Style, the ‘Pha-Sin’, that is the ‘Pha-Noong’ or skirt, is a full length wrap skirt. This skirt has two pleated folds in front which are called ‘Na- Nang’.

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Traditional Thai dress, Chakkri (photo credit: Amat Nimitpark)

Traditional Thai dress, Chakkri (photo credit: Amat Nimitpark)

2. Chut Thai Boromphiman

Like Thai Chakkri, Thai Boromphiman is also a formal evening attire. It can be worn in formal ceremonies and royal functions. The Boromphiman comprises a long sleeved round necked buttoned blouse which is tucked beneath the ankle length ‘Pha-Noong’ skirt with its front pleats (‘Na-Nang’). The blouse and the skirt are sown together so that they form a one piece traditional dress. The Boromphiman is made of brocaded fabrics in order to create a very luxurious appearance.

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3. Chut Thai Siwalai

The Thai Siwalai is a formal evening gown similar to the Boromphiman and the Chakkri. The only difference between these Thai traditional dresses is that the Siwalai has a shawl draped over the long- sleeved blouse. This shawl is also called ‘sbai’ in Thai. Chut Thai Siwalai is worn in royal ceremonies and other formal occasions. By the way, the term siwalai was derived from the English word ‘civilized’.

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Thai Siwalai dress & HM Queen Sirikit in Thai Siwalai dress around 1950*

4. Chut Thai Chakkraphat

First of all, it is important to mention that ‘Chakkraphat’ means emperor in Thai language. Hence, Thai Chakkraphat is an official and conservative traditional dress with a shawl similar to Chakkri. Nevertheless, it appears even more put together than the Thai Chakkri dress because the shawl is thicker, richly embroidered and decorated with beautiful ornaments. It can be worn in royal or national ceremonies.

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Thai Chakkraphat dresses*

In the following part, I will feature the remaining four styles of traditional Thai dresses. Hence, stay tuned if you like these amazingly beautiful garments! Or click here to check it out immediately 🙂 It is also interesting to note that today the Siamese Fashionista group tries to encourage young Thais to dress traditionally.

Yours, Sirinya

(*All photos in this post are from the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles unless otherwise stated, a further source about traditional dresses in Thailand is here)