Monday, April 23, 2012

Songkran Silks

During Songkran, Daughter appeared at my door looking wan and I knew immediately she'd hit a brick wall with her revision. I HAD to get her out of the apartment before she went mad. I thought for a few seconds before working out what would lure her away from her books: a tour of the stationery department and a cup of tea in Starbucks. (She's like her mother!)

THAT meant braving the outside, where people were armed and shooting water guns. It was exactly what she needed; even before we got there we were hysterical with laughter, hanging onto our taxi doors to prevent anyone from opening them and spraying us. (Oh yes, they would!)

It was serene inside Emporium Mall. Check out this lovely display of traditional Thai silk making.

How intricate is this pattern?

Gorgeous. I want these twists of silk for decoration

Or I could just lie in it...

Oh! Drawers full. Heaven.

I'm not quite sure of my facts but I think this is Chansoma's Thai silk, possibly from Suan Chitralada's Royal Folk Art and Craft Center. I apologise for any errors I have made while crediting these products.


9 comments:

Ragged Thread Cartographer said...

Good job I don’t have this down the road from me. I’d be a) there every day all day, forgetting I had a home to go to and b) bankrupt from buying whatever was to be bought and c) so intimidated by the sight of such amazing work I’d never do my own. How do they DO that by hand/eye ?? Beautiful post!

Jenny Beattie said...

RTC, it is exquisite, isn't it? I have to confess to owning an alarming pile of Thai fabrics... but nothing quite so special as this. Maybe one day...

Flowerpot said...

Those are just wonderful JJ thanks for posting.

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Deborah (Debs) Carr said...

So jealous. I want to go shopping there too.

D.J. Kirkby said...

Beautiful photos, I wish I could touch that silk thread!

Nat said...

Hi Jenny
nice to meet you!

thanks for your lovely comments on my birthday (via blog).

I'm sure our paths will cross again in the course!
Great blog!

Natalie

Jayne said...

Oh those twists of silk are amazing. I can see them made into a wig - one of those elaborate Marie Antionette type styles. Or maybe I'd just lie on them, too.

Glad you didn't get wet! But it sounds lots of fun. :)

Willy Thuan said...

I actually went there to take photos! Did you notice that one lady was actually sitting under the weaving framework?