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  • Tom 5:09 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , craftsmanship, , , Fashion Muslim, hijab, , , Kaffiyeh, masculine Arab headdress, , Muslim clothing, Muslim costume, Muslim costumes, Muslim Fashion, Muslim Fashion Project, Narathiwat, Pattani, , resident, , , Satun, , South, , Yala   

    Fashion for export: Thai-made Muslim costumes go international 

    Fashion for export: Thai-made Muslim costumes go international

    Muslim Fashion Project: Flickr.com

    How could a decent economy bring stability to local residents in Thailand’s far South when the ongoing southern insurgency continues? The violence that erupted in early 2004 and has continued since has left thousands of people dead in its wake and has severely affected daily life of many of the locals who see their incomes sharply depleted.

    Muslim apparel and costume accessories made by villagers in the southern border provinces are one of the incentives that government-related agencies have been trying to push forward to compete in international markets so as to improve the quality of life of local residents.

    Members of local dressmaking groups have been trained to improve their skills in designing, tailoring, lacing and embroidering Muslim clothing, thanks to the Industrial Promotion Department’s Industrial Development Project for Muslim Costume Products in Thailand’s Five Southernmost Provinces. (More …)

  • Tom 8:27 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Hindi, , , , , , , Language barriers, Malay, Nectec, Pattani, speakers, , , , , , , translation, ,   

    Nectec helps overcome language barriers 

    Commercial ads 'Berlitz. Break the language barrier'

    Commercial ads 'Berlitz. Break the language barrier'

    Asian-language translations to follow Thai-English

    Language barriers – particularly those between Thai and English speakers – may soon cease to be a major problem in Thailand, following the development of automatic speech translation technology by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec).

    The director of Nectec’s Human Language Technology Laboratory, Chai Wutiwiwatchai, said a Speech Translation Project at the centre had set out to solve the problem of poor English skills in the Thai workforce.

    Services developed by the project will now allow speech-to-speech translation of Thai to English or English to Thai via the Internet. (More …)

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