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Sakon Nakhon Indigo Dyeing Receives Royal Support

Today, the Bangkok Post published an excellent article on how Princess Sirivannavari has helped promote the Donkoi Indigo Weaving Group of Sakon Nakhon, whose members recently showcased their talents at the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Bangkok (click here to read the article). The Donkoi Indigo Weaving Group started out with just 9 Phanna Nikhom women 20 years ago, and has expanded today to network of craftspeople which spans 7 communities in Sakon Nakhon.

The Donkoi Indigo Weaving Group has many members who belong to the Phu Thai ethnic group, who are recognized by many as being the best Indigo dyers and weavers in Sakon Nakhon. Indigo fabrics have long been intertwined with Phu Thai culture, the secrets of the craft having been passed down diligently for centuries. The history of Indigo dyeing in Thailand stretches back all the way to the Sukhothai Kingdom (1248-1438), with mentions of the dye appearing on inscriptions at ancient temples.

Sakon Nakhon communities that are noted for their skills at Indigo dyeing and weaving include Ban Nonrue, Ban Nadee, Ban Donkoi, Ban Nongkhrong, Ban Tham Tao, Ban A-kat, Ban Kut Had, Ban Oundong, and Ban Phanna. Prominent shops that sell Indigo dyed fashion include KramSakon and Mann Craft, the latter being operated by Prach Niyomkar (aka Khun Mann), who works tirelessly to promote the Indigo dyeing community of Sakon Nakhon. He also runs a weekend Creative Craft Center, where local artisans can sell their work.

To learn more about the work of the Donkoi Indigo Weaving Group of Sakon Nakhon (กลุ่มทอผ้าย้อมครามบ้านดอนกอย สกลนคร), visit their Facebook Page.