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. 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 and dates back approximately 3,000 years when sericulture (silk production) was first introduced 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.
Over 40 days to make this stunning piece
The whole process to make this particular piece took more than 40 days! The weavers combine thread after thread to create one precious piece! Each process has to be well-prepared and dedicatedly woven into the fine piece. The more color you see on this piece, the more tying and dying process will be.
A pattern that reflects nature and culture
“Nam Tao Phra Indra” ,or in translation is gourd of Indra, is one of a silk pattern that reflect cultural development base on regional nature. Gourd is a commonly grown plant in Thailand and villagers like to cook them. They have curves that are bottle-shaped in which represents water fertility. Moreover, the appearance of the gourd is similar to the number 8, which is believed to be an auspicious number. It is believed to bring the money endlessly and help in good health as well as longevity.
The priest using the characteristic mentioned to represent “Indra” who is originally Hindu deity, the god of rain. So he is celebrated for his powers especially for an agricultural country such as Thailand. In Buddhist culture, he is the protector of lord Buddha along with Phra Brahma. In Thai traditional artwork, artists and craft makers had created gourd shaped Mongkut in referring to him specifically.
In creating the textile pattern, the maker may have inspired from the concept above. And the pattern can be varied and very creative. Making this pattern is a blessing of fertility for the owner.
Comes with multi purposes
- 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
Little tips to care for Thai Silk
- Best is to hand wash. Do not put it in the washing machine.
- Thai silk can be washed in lukewarm water but only with the mildest soap, then rinse the silk in vinegar to retain its original luster and allow it to drip dry in the shade.
- Thai silk should be ironed on the inside just before it is dry or else put a damp cloth over the silk and iron.
Get to know VIP Thaisilk
VIP Thaisilk was founded by Miss Waraporn or Aiw who was born and raised in a weaving family in Surin province. She has learned and been familiar with the real Thai silk for most of her life.
Being in the field of real Thai silk for over 30 years made her understand the authenticity and dedication of each silk piece. Thus, VIP Thaisilk was established with the aim to share the love and beauty of Thai silk to people. VIP Thaisilk only selects authentic silk pieces from all over Thailand. All pieces are guaranteed to be real Thai silk with a premium grade. Each piece is one-of-a-kind!