The story of how the Queen and King voyaged out of Bangkok to visit the countryside, where few kings had ever been. They were afraid they might not be safe, so brought along armed guards, and were instead greeting with enormous welcoming and adoring crowds. The Queen observed that the older women often sat on a small, often ragged piece of cloth that she recognized as home spun and woven silk, in patterns lost to "modern" culture. She made a collection of the different weavings and promoted cooperatives of rural women who made the extraordinary hand spun/woven cloth, and sold it through the Queen's contacts. The Queen had her State gowns made of these silk creations, and wore them during official State affairs in Thailand and abroad. She then sponsored craft training for the unemployed and disabled, with the age old wisdom that you can give a man a fish to eat today, or teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. There are extraordinary photos of the early expedition, including some original video footage that really captures the experience of the Royal Couple's determination to come to know and honor the rural Thai common people. There are historic photos you will recognize from Thai homes and shop keepers walls.
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