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.
As much as 4 months to make this stunning piece
The whole process to make this particular piece took more than 4 months! The weavers patiently 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.
Pattern of the June merit-making event
In the past, there were specific tradition that Isaan people gathered together each month. On that day everyone will be neatly dressed. On that day everyone will be neatly dressed with the best clothes to attend the traditional event of the month. Most of them would take out silk pieces to wear because the ancient Isan people regarded silk as a high-class fabric. There must be a merit-making event in order to wear silk. They did not wear silk as common clothes. For this reason, the fabric is weaved into a specific pattern for the merit-making event of that month.
“Thong Phan Chang” or White crane flower is a small plant with long pointed leaves and white flowers. They come with wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits. The flowers are shaped like a head of a snake with its fangs pointing out.
In the month of June, it is the period before rice farming season. People believed it is the good time to request for rain to come in the right time in accordance with the season for rice farming. People held a rainmaking ceremony. In this ceremony, people prepare the Thong Phan Chang for offering to monk. Thus, the weavers were inspired by this plant and then created the pattern combining their own ideas and creativity. It is also believed that Thong Phan Chang will bring luck prosperity and good health to the owner like the benefits of the plant itself.
Color of the Rice field
The use of green color in this silk piece depicts the rainy season when the vegetation is thriving and rice in the fields is plentiful. It also represents the prosperous rice field. This unique green tone is very complicated to make. The maker redid the dying 3 times to get this color. You won’t find the same color in other pieces!
Comes with multi purposes
- Great for tailor to skirt or dress on your special occasions
- A house decoration or curtain to add Thai style to your home
- Fabric display on the frame like a piece of art
- 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!