Making Thai Silk in Pattaya
Thai silk, re-invented and made world famous by Jim Thompson. Nowadays there are Jim Thompson shops in many shopping malls (like Emporium shopping mall in Bangkok or Central Shopping mall in Pattaya) and you can even visit his old house in Bangkok. But of course it all begun with upcountry farmers that did farm the silk-worms and to cook their cocoons to take the silk from it. Thailand's famous silk village Tha Sawang is 10km from Surin. But actually there are many places where they made (and sometimes still make) silk. Like at "Pak Thong Chai' near Khorat.
But last week there was a show & demonstration at Central Shopping mall in Pattaya where they did show how silk is make and of course there were many shops selling very beautiful hand-made Thai Silk. It all begins with worms that live from the mulberry leaves. These worm build cocoons to transform to their next stage. But well before that the cocoons are cooked and the silk is peeled of the cocoon. After that the silk is dyed to any colour we like. And then the silk is put on big rolls and later put on smaller rolls. And the finally a the silk is woven into cloths. All the work is done by hand. When at home I am wearing a silk sarong made by the mother of my wife when my wife was born. Silk is great, when it is hot it feels cool. And when it is cold it feels warm.
|Worms on mulberry leaves|
|Cooking of the cocoons|