The business is in a booming state for Siri Seatea’s traditional dress shop in Bangkok.
She said that she is running this shop for last 30 years but this has been the best season for her. The 53 year old confirmed this to Reuters while stitching a Thai sarong for a client.
This is because the fever of history is gripping Thailand and an increased number of Thais have chosen to opt for wearing traditional dress, a trend that has been highly encouraged by the Junta and the palace both and has been equally inspired by series of popular soap operas in the television.
The trend however started with a “winter fair” started by king Maha Vajiralongkorn in February which was also criticized by many as an attempt to unnecessarily glorify an era of absolute monarchy and to hide the junta’s drawbacks nearly four years after power was taken by it.
One of the most popular type of costumes are those which were worn during the era of former king Chulalongkorn also known as Rama V who had been the ruler from 1868 to 1910 and is famous for saving Thailand from Western colonization.