Natural material from silkworm
Thai silk is made from local Thai silkworm. There are several steps to produce each fabric, consisting of raising silkworm, reeling in the threads, dyeing, and weaving. Unlike any other silks, the distinct character of local Thai silk is luster and sheen. As it is a natural material, Thai silk provides gentle touch to the skin and is well-ventilated. Another uniqueness of Thai silk is it gets softer and softer over time. Thai silk can last over a hundred years!
What is Mudmee silk?
Mudmee silk (also known as “ikat”) is produced through the traditional method of tying in the desired pattern with straw, hay or banana ropes. The ropes stop water from affecting the silk yarns, whilst dyeing it in the process. The tied yarns move through the dyeing process, but only the untied yarns absorb the dye. The method is repeated as many times as necessary, depending on the preferred color variations. Afterwards, each silk yarn is woven to create a variety of designs, combining the colored areas to produce patterns.
Mudmee weaving is the oldest form of pattern weaving in Thailand, dating back about 3,000 years to the introduction of sericulture (silk manufacture) to Thailand.
Traditionally in Thailand the nobility wore Mudmee on a daily basis, whilst others wore it during festive occasions or ceremonies. Nowadays Mudmee is worn more casually, though the complexity of the weaving makes it stand out from the majority of casual-wear.
More than three months of work for one piece
The whole process to make this one piece took over 3 months! Weaving process alone was around 45-60 days. A traditional weaver can produce about 12 to 15 centimeters of fabric a day only as every process is handmade and complicated. The weavers combine thread after thread to create one precious piece!
Nak Cherng Tien – A traditional pattern from an old time. Nak Cherng Tien is two Thai words combined, Nak and Cherng Tien. This pattern was created in Khon Kaen province.
“Nak” or Naga is a sacred powerful big serpent based on Thai Mythology. If you wander around Thailand, you‘re probably bound to have encountered a Naga at some temple’s roof or stair to the main hall temple. Besides in places, Naga is involved in fabric patterns. Naga represents faith and belief, like how people believe in and respect Naga.
“Cherng Tien” means candlestick that is used in ritual ceremonies. In ceremonies, the candlestick has been put in a high position. So, Cherng Tien symbolizes merit as well as value, like adding value to the fabric.
Certified with Thai Royal Silk Standard
The piece is guaranteed with Blue Peacock certification!
Thai silk standard or Royal Peacock standard is a quality assurance for Thai silk established by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, Queen of Thailand. To certify under these standards, each piece is inspected by a registered government inspector.
The standards define four grades of silk fabric produced only in Thailand. They represent different materials and procedure:
Gold Peacock – Thai silk fabric that is made of indigenous Thai silk threads and used traditional processes.
Silver Peacock – Thai silk fabric that is made of indigenous Thai silk threads and used traditional or some applied processes.
Blue Peacock – Thai silk fabric that is made of pure silk threads and used traditional hand weaving or machine weaving processes.
Green Peacock – Thai silk fabric that is made of silk threads blended with other fibers and used mixture of traditional and some modern processes.
This piece can be used in various ways:
- Great for tailor to skirt or dress on your special occasions
- Using it as house decoration or curtain, adding Thai style to your home
- Putting in the frame to display its beautifulness like a piece of art
- Offer as a gift to your special ones
Get to know the Master of Artisan
Pranom Thongprasat – With 60 years of experience, Kru Pranom is the master of artisan from Khon Kaen province. Beyond experiences, her intricate works are guaranteed with many award-winning pieces.
Started as a 10-year-old girl
Her skills was passed on from generation to generation. She has started to learn about silk making since she was only ten years old. Kru Pranom still preserves the traditional way of weaving. She controls the quality in every process, from pattern designing to dyeing to weaving.