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The Orientation Gallery lets the visitors explore the myth of the river Ganga and significance of Mekong in the socio cultural context. The evidence of the presence of Ganga the sacred river along the west side of Mekong highlights the significance of the two great rivers in relation to each other. The myths of the sacred river Ganga as a divine form known as Vishnupadi, a celestial anthropomorphic form as consort of Shiva, an earthly form as wife of king Shantanu and mother of Devavrata also known as Bhishma of Mahabharata and a physical form as the river are described in Ganga Pat.

Ganga the goddess, the beautiful damsel in the center, with the small roundels around a central square frame describe important episodes from her life. The Ganga Pat is unique because the traditional Pata Chitra artists from Village Raghurajpur in Puri Orissa paint on Tussar silk the themes from Krishanalila, Ramayana, Mahabharata etc. The Ganga pat speaks of the high skills of this living textile tradition.

The Mekong river section speaks of the journey of the Mekong River through five countries, which have common religion, food habits but distinct cultural traits. Living traditions of textile in Mekong Ganga region speak volumes about the intricate skills of local communities in the member countries and also of revival and resurgence of the yester years styles in contemporary framework. Textiles have a long journey to represent in each member country.
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I visited this exquisite museum with two designers and we were so delighted by the exhibitions, tour, history and rich knowledge that this beautiful museum holds for public viewing. Professor Shastri was generous with her time and deep knowledge of the textile history and the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation. We met the wonderful young professionals on the staff and left excited, inspired and knowing we had made meaningful new connections and friends. This museum should be on every visitors list to explore in Siem Reap. Kudos to all at MGCATTM.

Jinx Davis

A walk through the galleries of this wonderfully conceptualized museum, gives a feel of connectivity between the mighty rivers Ganga and Mekong. A visit to this museum is an opportunity to experience the textiles treasures from India, Cambodia and other members States of Mekong region. This is an excellent effort, not only at showcasing our vibrant textiles traditions but also at nurturing those traditions by providing a larger audience an insight into the traditional skills and textile crafts.

H.E. Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari

Hon’ble Vice President of the Republic of India

It is a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to visit this wonderful museum. I wish a bright and successful path ahead.

H.E. Nyan Tun

Vice President

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

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