All the Queen's women

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has supported the preservation of traditional silk-weaving techniques in the Northeast since the 1960s

HM Queen Sirikit wears an outfit made of phraewa. Khammai Yokhasing is seated next to the Queen during her visit to Kham Muang district, Kalasin.

They were holding hands while walking, with smiles on their faces. Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and Khammai Yokhasing. Khammai, 84, still remembers the moment when the Queen held her hand at Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin, 40 years ago.

"It was a sudden shock when the Queen turned back and grabbed my hand. I didn't know what to do. I was grinning from ear to ear because I was overwhelmed with happiness," she said, adding that she later saw from the picture that Her Majesty was also smiling.

In 1977, Khammai was the principal teacher in Ban Phon village in Kalasin. The community is home to the Phu Thai ethnic group, who migrated from Laos to Thailand during the early Rattanakosin period. They were farmers who specialised in cloth weaving.

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