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.
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