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By September 4, 2012

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The embroidery of Thailand is full of detail, worked from thousands of tiny embroidery stitches in hand-dyed silk embroidery threads, often spun and dyed by the artists themselves. The villagers who create these treasures are often trained by the SUPPORT foundation, which has trained over 10,000 embroidery artisans throughout Thailand.

These embroidered works of art depict scenes from everyday life (like the girl embroidering, shown above), or have been created to honor a special event.

The first thing you may notice is that Thai Embroidery resembles a painting or detailed colored sketch more than embroidery, with careful shading and detailing of the objects in the scene.

If you will be travelling to Thailand in the next few months, some of the best examples of Thai embroidery will be on display in Bangkok at the Queen's Gallery through November of 2012 as part of this year's celebration of three auspicious royal birthdays: His Majesty the King's 85th Birthday, Her Majesty the Queen's 80th Birthday, and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince's 5th cycle (60th) birthday in 2012.

You can read more about the event, and see more inspiring photos of Thai embroidery on the Tourism Authority of Thailand site.

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