Identity and Cultural Relations of Mudmee Silk Patterns: A Case Study in Chonnabot Districts, Khon Kaen Province, and Khwao Sinarin District, Surin Province

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Khunyarin Chaijan


This research examined identity and cultural relationships in terms of religious belief, fertility, and lifestyles found in mudmee silk patterns from Chonnabot district, Khon Kaen province and Khwao Sinarin district, Surin province. Qualitative research was done with foundational data gathered by in-depth interviews and participant observation of stakeholders and documentary research analysis, to support cultural heritage by crafting the characteristics of mudmee silk in northeastern Thailand.

Results were that the patterns of mudmee silk in each area contained by symbols of nature, religious beliefs, plants, animals, fertility, lifestyles, and rituals. Mudmee silk weaving techniques differed due to diverse community experiences and cultures. In Connabot district, mudmee silk was usually woven with three tassels inserted into squirrel tail silk, with designs adapted from traditional patterns in the environment, lifestyles, and religious beliefs. In Khwao Sinarin district, weavers used patterns reflecting their heritage, lifestyles, traditions, culture, and history. Analyzing the characteristics and cultural relationships of mudmee silk patterns should enhance understanding of cultural diversity and community identity, and to serve as a foundation for conserving and transmitting local traditions and artistic cultures. It may also serve to formulate guidelines for developing local products with cultural value to generate sustainable incomes for communities.

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Chaijan, K. (2024). Identity and Cultural Relations of Mudmee Silk Patterns: A Case Study in Chonnabot Districts, Khon Kaen Province, and Khwao Sinarin District, Surin Province . Journal of Cultural Approach, 25(47), 72–83. Retrieved from
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