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Travel Thailand… The Ancient Art of Weaving…Thai Silk…

The Ancient Art of weaving

Since moving from sunny Phuket to Northern Thailand, I am discovering a wealth of cultures. It is both fascinating and makes me in awe of what I am discovering. I am both surprised and delighted to see a lot of the ancient arts such as weaving are still being preserved and passed down through the generations.

Over the next few months, I will be bringing to you other ancient arts which are still being widely practised here in rural Thailand. It is really lovely to see age-old skills being passed down to the young and quite often you will see the very old their daughters and their children all playing their part in keeping these traditions going.

Weaving is one of Northern Thailand’s oldest and precious arts:

The skill which is learnt from a very young age at their mother’s knee.

There are many designs woven into the cloth, flowers, birds, animals, simple geometry and some of the most intricate flowing water designs which are for the very experienced weavers.

The cloth when it is made is fashioned into many things, beautiful bags, traditional Thai wrap around skirts, jackets and wall hangings to name but a few.

The silk-making process from beginning to end:

This video shows a silk village in Thailand and how the silk made from start to finish.

The weavers originally migrated from the Sipsong Panna region in Southern China where the practice of breeding silkworms goes back at least 5,000 years.

In Northern Thailand, they are known as the Lue people.

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Devoted Buddhists who live a simple life and always have a ready smile for strangers like me. As you drive around the small country roads you will still see many of the looms underneath the wooden stilted Thai family homes where mum and the old nan still weave beautiful fabric to make a living.

My pictures show one such woman who very kindly allowed us to take pictures of her weaving under her home.

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The looms handmade of bamboo wood and once known as the universal loom in Southeast, Asia is now called the Lao hand-loom from North Eastern Thailand the area is also known by locals as Esarn, Isaan or maybe something completely different so many different spellings and no one seems to know the correct one.

As we say TIT( This is Thailand)

Did you know ??? The very famous Lao, Thai Khmer silks were woven on the very same looms for many centuries.

Where does the silk thread come from?

The silkworm.



What is the silken thread made from?

It is made from the threads that the larvae of the mulberry silkworm Bombyx mori. The process is known as sericulture the silkworm feeds on white mulberry leaves although they will eat other species of mulberry and have also been known to feed on Osage orange leaves.

Jim Thompson is a name which is synonymous with the production of silk production in Thailand and very highly sought after. On the Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima, visitors can see the entire silk-making process. However, the farm is only open for a few weeks during the cold season. If you are ever travelling around Northern Thailand then I hope you get the opportunity to see the traditional art of weaving and silk making for yourself.

I hope you enjoyed this article on the Thai tradition of weaving those beautiful silks if you did I am happy for you to share with your friends and if you do …Thank you 🙂



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Retired No One Told Me! … A weekly update…Fruit shrubs,Mon Ton and Mulberry Crumble.

Weekly update 29 marchGood afternoon from warm but not so sunny Thailand and welcome to my weekly roundup which is quite smaller this week as I haven’t been quite so prolific with my writing… Lots of thoughts nothing put down just a bit of an alright week with my internet problems still hovering in the background so if you haven’t seen me then I should soon be back up and running …Full steam ahead  once more 🙂 x


The luscious Mango it is now well into its season and they are everywhere… Beautiful eaten green with a spicy Thai dip and wonderful made in Chutney or just a lovely smoothie 🙂 x

Mango tree in garden


Egyptian flatbread is an amazing way to use up cold Lamb not only do they look impressive especially if you have guests but the taste is spot on…Just finger licking good.

Egyptian lamb flat breads (2)


Then I did a post on something which many of the men suffer from here GOUT and most do not watch their diets apart from one who learnt the hard way that keep having injections does not always do your health any good and the danger here is that you can walk into any clinic ask for the injection and away you go …I just wish more people would realise that with a few tweaks to your diet many ailments can be avoided …The plus side less medication and maybe when you really need the doctor his queue is smaller.


Carol’s  Boot camp enter at your own risk…sensible adults only allowed… No Diets… Just Healthy eating and lifestyle …Moderation… I don’t want to know what you weigh… I don’t want to hear excuses…No excuses here…You cheat..You cheat your health..Your well being.. I give you ideas and recipes of good healthy food… No powders, No pills and how to make your own Protein Drinks…


Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Vinegar was the theme of my Cookery Column this week and what a versatile ingredient it is and it can lift that dish to new heights and so many varieties and if you don’t know what a SHRUB is then all has been revealed… So pop on over…If I am not around then the lovely Sally will make you very welcome…

cropped-for-web Sally Cronin


Lastly, we have Ton Mon which are Thai Mulberry’s not only are mulberries very nice with some apples in a crumble and my very first attempt at deconstruction ( don’t ) tell my mum I have ditched her crumble recipe…Fruit crumble

I will fess up and tell you…I burnt the first one …set the timer and went to write…Before the timer even went off I could smell it…That burning smell…

But take two:- It was perfick all I got was a teaspoon full the rest was quickly taken away as soon as my camera had clicked and devoured by the Mr Anyone would think I never make puds…Well, I am a bit mean I am really not a pudding making cook…I don’t make many but when I do it is appreciated… He loved it! https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/apple-and-mulberry-crumble/

Mulberries are also one of the favourites of the silkworm who produce the silk for the famous Thai Silk…Read about it here

That’s all for this weeks roundup I do hope you have enjoyed it and I am looking forward to your comments and if you also hit the share buttons I would love that…Thanks, Carol xxxx

Thank you for reading, Enjoy your weekend xxx