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Sawadee ka!

Last April 18-26, we were invited to visit and explore Thailand, along with some of the world’s renowned fashion designers, fashion design students, media personalities, and bloggers. Hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), we witnessed and studied the country’s textile heritage and its potential contribution to the global fashion industry.

Along with newfound friends from the UAE, UK, Italy, Germany, France, Israel, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden, 36 who are fashion design students and 13 who are from the international media, we wandered through the textile cultural routes of Thailand.

And squeezed in a lot of shopping and eating in between.

For Day 7, we spoke to sericulture experts and visited Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture to learn more about Thai silk production, took a quick tour to Thammasat University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, and watched a world-class performance at Siam Niramit.

If you have been following us on Instagram (@bienthebeautymag, and if you still haven’t, please do!), you must have already caught a glimpse on our Thailand Academy III’s live updates. Search #thailandacademy3 on Instagram to see posts of everyone who embarked on Thailand’s textile routes (Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surin, Phrae, and Nan).

Do watch out for the next set of photos to be published next week!

Words and photos by Ayesha Pajares.