My dear friend Libby teaches abroad every summer – this year she taught in Bangkok.
Jim Thompson, an American architect who was stationed in Thailand during World War II, created an international business exporting Thai silk. While wandering through a local market in Bangkok, Jim Thompson spotted Thai silk. Captivated by its beauty he traced its origin to a Muslim community where the weavers were making silk by hand.
His discovery not only saved a dying art but raised thousands of Thailand’s poorest people out of poverty. (more HERE)
Libby toured the museum, Thompson’s teak house, watched the manufacturing process and brought me back a piece of extraordinary silk!
Since Traditional Thai silk is hand-woven each piece is unique and cannot be duplicated. One distinguishing characteristic is its lustre with a sheen featuring two color blends: one color for the warp (lengthwise thread) and another for the weft (transverse thread). Color changes as you hold the Thai silk fabric at varying angles against light.
I’m curious to know who has sewn this fabric before. I’m not sure what to do with the 3 meters of fabric but believe a dress is in order.
Please share your suggestions with me!
In other news…….
I’ve added a new Ribbon Skirt Tutorial Page to the blog. All instructions are now located one page which also includes photos of Ribbon Skirts I’ve received. Thank you!
And speaking of silk ……….. I want to give readers a heads up on the new Anna Sui silks now on the Mood Fabrics website. I’ve created a Boho Mood Board with some of my favorites. Click “show product info” to learn more about each sample. Hopefully, some of these beauties will still be available when I place my next order!
Best wishes for a great weekend!