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-vertilated. 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 three months of work for a 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!
A natural inspired pattern
“Bai Mon” in English simply means mulberry leaf. Mulberry leaves are the only food source for silkworms. Mulberry leaves also supply all the moisture silkworm needs. Mulberry trees are commonly grown in the silk making areas or communities.
From the past, weavers got inspiration from their surrounding including, the nature, culture, belief, and so on. Anything can become their inspiration to make patterns on the silk piece. Likewise, the Bai Mon pattern on this piece also comes from what the weaver sees almost every day because many houses grows mulberry leaves to raise the silkworm as a raw material of silk making.
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.
Made by the World’s Best Mudmee Maker
This stunning silk piece is made by master Suramontree Srisomboon who has over 40 years of experience since 1981. From the experience and seeing from his predecessor, Master Suramontree learned Mud Mee silk weaving by himself till he is skillful and knows every step of the process from tying, coloring, dying and weaving. He put his heart into every thread.
“We emphasize conservation. We do not want this wisdom lost from the kingdom
and keep this unique art for the next generation”
He received national fame for his enthusiasm and expertise in silk weaving. Nonetheless, being named “the World’s Best Mudmee Maker” by UNESCO did not equate success. He is the only Thai to have received this honor. That gives his admirers the impression that their silk textiles are manufactured from the finest threads.