My trip to Thailand was actually a pleasure trip, so there was plenty of time to fabric shop. The trip included a 2 day trip to Hong Kong followed by 4 days in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand is a great place for fabric and if you don’t sew…a great place for custom garment work (currency conversion is great!!!). I even CHEATED and had some things made (go figure)!
Thai silk is extremely irresistible! In my opinion, it is similar to silk dupioni in the texture but not nubby as in dupioni. And similar to shantung…but the sheen is sort of dull in comparison to silk shantung. I knew, going on this trip that I had plans to buy fabric to make drapes. I went with my calculations (as most Thai fabric comes in 40″ wide…so I needed more than what you would buy in silk dupioni or shantung. I purchased black and cream Thai silk to make the drapes for my sewing room (very durable fabric for draperies)…see drapes in the background below…
The hubs and I traveled to Hong Kong/Thailand with our friends Nikki and Robert. As I reminisce about this trip, I laugh at how Nikki and I told the Tuk Tuk drivers that we wanted to go to Jim Thompson (the infamous Thai silk fabric store in the country) Nevertheless, we ended up in Tuk Tuks (separated from our husbands…with no means of communicating them) as the driver took us to a “not Jim Thompson fabric store”. They did take us to a part of town with several shops up and down the street. One location in particular was Silk of Siam. This was a lovely store that sold some very pretty fabric…and they even made a silk coat for me that I still love (I know I could have made it myself…but it was about the experience :)). We finally made it to several Jim Thompson locations and I purchased several yards of silk.
I would consider this to be a fabric shoppers destination place…especially if you are passionate about silks.
Here a few more pics from our trip…
Silk of Siam – 284/1-2 (Silom rd.), Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Jim Thompson – locations throughout