Exploring Thai Textiles at Studio Naenna

Exploring Thai Textiles
at Studio Naenna

With a passion to revive the Lao-Tai textile and dyeing industry, Chiang Mai’s Studio Naenna
was born. Founded by one of the leading worldwide experts, guests are guided through
its history and cherished techniques to turn fabric into stunning products.


Gaining inspiration from the colours and fabrics from the traditional textiles of the region, Studio Naenna’s founder, Patricia Cheesman, had all the ingredients she needed to lay the foundation for her view, vision and artistic streak to revive the silk and fabric industry by using natural dyes. Founded on the principles of fair trading, Patricia and her daughter are the driving force keeping this highly-respected and adored-by-many Thai tradition alive.

Over the years, Patricia has become one of the leading experts in weaving, dying and design with numerous books, lecturers and studies behind her name. The opening of her studio, she and her team of artisans welcome guests from around the world with giving them an introduction of this authentic craft that has been the source for designers in and outside Thailand.


Exploring Thai Textiles at Studio Naenna

09:00 - 12:00

Guests are picked up from their centrally-located hotel in Chiang Mai, depending on the preferred time of the visit. The duration of this tour is between 2-3 hours and can be scheduled between the opening and closing time of the studio (09:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs, closed during the weekends and Thai public holidays). The short transfer brings you to the studio nearby Doi Suthep where you are welcomed by the team behind Studio Naenna. During the course of these 2-3 hours, the team will explain in details the techniques used in handwoven textiles and all processes of natural dyes to create wonderful silk and cotton fabric, mainly focussed on Lao-Tai patterns and design (Xam Nuea and Muang Phuan textiles). As you move through the studio, witnessing weaving demonstrations and introductions to the various types of fabric available, the historical aspect on motifs, design and how the founders tirelessly worked to revitalize this almost dying breed of handicraft.

The collection of fabric has expanded rapidly over the years since Patricia and Lamorna Cheesman have ventured into taking sustainable steps in creating awareness of the heritage that this art form has delivered to the public. The studio has two galleries with exquisite examples on display as well showing Patricia’s private antique collection. Interested customers are able to ask questions, enjoy seeing the textiles and admire the beauty of Lao-Tai heritage throughout the years and portrait in the family’s vision of stunning garments. After thanking the hostesses for their explanation and time taken to transfer some of their passion to you, we transfer you back to your Chiang Mai hotel.




  • Private tours and transfers from and to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel with English speaking assistance.
  • An explanation in English only by one of the staff at the studio (between 2 – 3 hours)
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Coffee break at the studio


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on private basis with English-speaking assistance and lecturer only.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng, and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • The duration of the visit takes between 2 – 3 hours during the opening hours of the studio.
  • This excursion is not a hands-on experience into the world of Thai textiles.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 48 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • All activities are subject to the availability of raw materials and the lecturer.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 7 days in advance from booked dates to receive a full refund. There is no refund for cancellations within 7 days as we do not accept more than one group per day.


Exploring Thai Textiles at Studio Naenna

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