The day before the wedding all the preparations were completed by evening time. Thai weddings involve a large number of people collecting, preparing, cooking, slaughtering, laying out, serving and cleaning. These people are friends, neighbours and relatives. For example a team of people spent several hours weaving banana leaves to hold that sweet, sticky coconut rice that everybody likes.
It is a huge exercise in community spirit. The idea that ‘professionals’ would be brought in to do these things is unimaginable. To be involved in helping IS the wedding.
From the collection – ‘Siam 6: Becoming’