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Ray's Thai Tours #9

There is a truly unique Silk Weaving enterprise in a small Village just a few kilometres from Surin city. Much of the village is a tourist attraction, and is dedicated to selling good quality silk cloth and garments to international visitors

 

But in the middle of the village is a walled family compound, containing an old traditional Thai garden, and a few old buildings. One building contains what is possibly the finest Silk Weaving operation on Earth. The building houses 4 large hand looms, and each loom is operated by a team of 5 women of varying ages...one woman performs the weaving while the other 4 manage the elaborate program that contains the unique patterns. This place has nothing to sell to tourists...100% of its work is bespoke silk cloth commissioned by the Rich&Famous of the World. This is the place where the silk cloth for the costumes of the G20 [or similar] Leaders was created for when they met in Bangkok...Mr Obama has a costume hanging in his wardrobe. The place is owned by a man who is the artist who creates the unique patterns. Starting price for the cloth is about US$2,000 per metre, but can be many times that number for elaborate work or designs containing large amounts of pure gold thread.

 

The images show the place in the garden where raw silk is dyed, using natural colours from bark, leaves and flowers, and in the old way.

 

Silk Dyeing

Ray's Thai Tours #9

There is a truly unique Silk Weaving enterprise in a small Village just a few kilometres from Surin city. Much of the village is a tourist attraction, and is dedicated to selling good quality silk cloth and garments to international visitors

 

But in the middle of the village is a walled family compound, containing an old traditional Thai garden, and a few old buildings. One building contains what is possibly the finest Silk Weaving operation on Earth. The building houses 4 large hand looms, and each loom is operated by a team of 5 women of varying ages...one woman performs the weaving while the other 4 manage the elaborate program that contains the unique patterns. This place has nothing to sell to tourists...100% of its work is bespoke silk cloth commissioned by the Rich&Famous of the World. This is the place where the silk cloth for the costumes of the G20 [or similar] Leaders was created for when they met in Bangkok...Mr Obama has a costume hanging in his wardrobe. The place is owned by a man who is the artist who creates the unique patterns. Starting price for the cloth is about US$2,000 per metre, but can be many times that number for elaborate work or designs containing large amounts of pure gold thread.

 

The images show the place in the garden where raw silk is dyed, using natural colours from bark, leaves and flowers, and in the old way.

 

Silk Dyeing

comments (16)

amazing stuff Ray... thanks for the description of the work that they do in this special place....petersmile
Ray: It has become one of my favourite places to visit, Peter.
the bottom pic especially looks surprisingly industrial.
Ray: Making up a big batch of dye...
That's really incredible, Ray - I'm so pleased you've brought this to our attention, and with great photo's to illustrate.
Ray: It was a fabulous "find", Elizabeth. The compound is usually open, and folks are permitted to wander through, and even look over the shoulders of the weavers...pleasant and humble people. As there is no signage I am thinking almost no-one knows it is there.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Aug 2017, 04:49
What a hidden place and incredible what these people do in the middle of nowhere. I read your reply to Elizabeth.
Ray: When we visit, Astrid, we are usually the only visitors, and I feel the need to speak in whispers while in am in the workshop.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 16 Aug 2017, 05:15
Quel difficile travail cela doit être.
Ray: Il faut une grande présidence, mais les équipes ne semblent pas être pressées, Martine ... la dernière fois que nous étions là, une des dames nous a dit que son équipe était sur le point de prendre une sieste de 30 minutes.
Talk about getting our education, Ray. I had no idea about any of this, especially the part for the rich and famous!
Ray: I am finding out more and more about the wonderful things close by to where we live, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 16 Aug 2017, 06:31
This is incredible
Ray: It is very surprising, Chris, but you will agree its authenticity when I take you there to see it.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Aug 2017, 06:54
Incredible to think that such expensive fabric is made in such a ramshackle arrangement. But then it is down to the skill for eh people as well of course. I hope such skills are based from generation to generation.
Ray: The Artist, who creates the designs and patterns is highly regarded, Alan, and he seems to have looked for and found a small community of Master Weavers who have skills passed on through many generations in this village. The Artist owns the Enterprise, and seems to have successfully carved out a niche servicing the people for whom high prices are immaterial.
Bonjour Ray
Merci pour cette information , j'ignorais qu'un tel endroit existait , bien eloigné du monde
Cette famille a su exploiter ce travail pour les plus riches ..pourquoi pas .
Bone journée
Ray: Je savais que le NE de la Thaïlande est le foyer de la meilleure soie de la Thaïlande, Claudine, et savait que la soie tat Thai était très prisée dans le monde entier. Cependant, c'était une surprise de découvrir que le tissu de soie le plus apprécié venait de l'atelier petit et basique. Après avoir vu leur produit sur le métier à tisser, je ne doute pas de leur authenticité.
i am pleased you were able to enter and share this place with us on SC. 2000 dollars per meter is a sobering bit of statistics, Ray!
Ray: I do not expect to be commissioning a run, Ayush.
Well i never! What a find
Ray: Needless to say, Bill, but I was gobsmacked on realising what we had stumbled upon.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 16 Aug 2017, 08:05
How wonderful that such quality comes from a family-run business in a small village, Ray. (My late mother-in-law used to be a silk weaver.)
Ray: I think it results from a happy "marriage" between an accomplished artist [with financial connections] and a tiny enclave of Master Weavers, Lisl.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 16 Aug 2017, 08:33
I like the look of all those posts on their fires Ray. Are the tourists mainly local, western or a mix?
Ray: I think the Village receives international tourists, Chad, but this little Enterprise just seems to get Na and I and whomever is travelling with us.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Aug 2017, 11:26
Looking at the rudimentary space and equipment, one would think the owner would invest in some more modern ways to make life easier, e.g. gas burners to keep the dye pots boiling. Heck, he charges enough (and should), to afford it. Probably stores the gold thread in a tin under his bed smile

The good thing is that their current methods make for great pictures.
Ray: Hmmmm!

I hear you, Louis, and can see some good logic at play here.

However...I can also see a counter-argument. It is likely part of the attractiveness of the product is attributed to traditional technique, and no-one would want to undermine that characteristic. There are many things that could be changed through modernisation...the artistic process...the conversion of the basic drawings into computer graphics...the replacement of the loom with a computer-driven, highly automated loom that makes no mistakes...etc.

Where does one stop!
You must have been overjoyed to come across this Ray so thanks for bringing it to us. I just wonder how well the workers are rewarded out of the apparent large sums paid by the rich and good for their products.
Ray: I was delighted to find this place, Brian.

I expect the women have a kind of Apprenticeship, and their salary increases as their skills increase and the most experienced/skilled earning significantly more than a normal salary.
I remember this place and I would love to go here when on your tour.
Ray: It will be on the list, for sure, Mary.

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