Southern-Style Fabrics

The neighboring Malay culture and the imported Chinese, Indian, and Arabic cultures have greatly influenced southern art and culture. However, many localities have developed their own signature fabrics, such as the intricately woven design pha yok from Nakhon Si Thammarat; pha phumriang from Amphoe Chaiya, Surat Thani; pha Ban Na Muen Si from Trang; and pha ko yo from Ko Yo, Songkhla. All these fabrics are made into garments and other items for special occasions, such as a decorative piece of cloth used in a wedding ceremony, a funeral, and a prayer.

A piece of “phan chang” fabric from Ban Na Muen Si, Trang.