BANGKOK — Boiling vats of black dye are being set up nationwide to meet the demand for black clothes during the period of mourning for His Majesty the Late King.
In the northern province of Loei, education officials set up a dyeing station Monday for citizens to remedy the problem of high demand for black clothes. The office also taught citizens how to make their own mourning ribbons, an acceptable alternative to wearing black.
Clothes are dyed Tuesday morning at vocational education offices in Loei.“As a low-ranking civil servant, I will wear my dyed clothes today until the official mourning period is over, no matter how many years it is,” said Srireun Eamjumrud, a teacher at Loei Technical College. “It is my duty as a good civil servant.”
On Wednesday, vocational education offices across the kingdom will offer free dyeing services.Clothes are dyed Monday at vocational education offices in Bangkok.
In Bangkok, Thammasat University’s science department will provide the service at its Rangsit campus from 8:30am to 9:30am and noon to 1:30pm. People can take their clothes to the Mirror Room on the first floor of the faculty’s Lecture Center 4. They will be ready for pickup the next day.
The official mourning period for citizens is 30 days, while civil servants are obligated to observe it for one year.