5 Thai Silk Shops for Fabric Lovers and Sewing Enthusiasts
by: The Beat Asia
April 05, 2022
Famous for its smooth and glossy texture, Thai silk comes from the cocoons of silkworms raised in a strict diet of mulberry leaves. As the silk industry in Thailand continues to evolve across the globe, products made of silk have become one of the must-have souvenirs from the country.
If you’re wondering where to get affordable and high-quality silk, we’ve picked some of the most sought-after Thai silk shops throughout the city.
Jim Thompson’s Thai Silk Company
Perhaps the most popular Thai silk shop in Bangkok, Jim Thompson was founded by an American entrepreneur James H.W. Thompson. The company is an international manufacturer of excellent-quality hand-woven silk products like curtains, neckties, bedsheets, handkerchiefs, and more.
J. Thompson worked with artisans to help them sustain their livelihood and preserve the art of silk weaving by keeping them acquainted with the freshest ideas, designs, and techniques. He also played a role in introducing Thai silk to the European and American fashion industries.
At present, the company has various collections made from silk fiber, including wall coverings, furniture collections, and decorative trimmings such as refined cords, braids, fringes, frogs, and tassels.
Location: 9 Surawong Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
Narai Phand Company is a partnership between the Ministry of Industry and the private sector, Naraiphand. They successfully expanded this joint venture into an enormous handicraft center in Thailand.
This is the perfect destination for those who are looking for exotic Thai handicrafts and decorations such as assemblage, brass and bronze, lacquerware, pewter, and Thai silk.
Narai Phand features a handmade and hand-painted collection of the finest Thai silk that comes in rich colors and woven patterns. On top of that, they also offer ready-to-wear silk blouses, dresses, shirts, scarfs, and bags.
Location: 973 Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Pahurat Textile Market
Commonly called the Little India of Bangkok, Pahurat Textile Market is home to all your fabric needs, complete in different colors and prints. Displayed in rolls of textiles, the available fabrics are cotton, wool, cashmere, and of course, Thai silk. However, curb your expectations as the materials they use are synthetic.
This is an ideal place for fabric-lovers who produce DIY clothing and accessory sewing projects.
Location: Little India Bangkok, Phahurat Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
Queen mother of Thailand Sirikit Kitiyakara is the brains behind the transformation of the Grand Palace into a new museum of textiles. After a full-service renovation, the museum now exhibits modern facilities
including art galleries, an educational studio, a lecture hall, a library, a reception area, and the first textile conservation laboratory in Thailand.
The Museum of Textiles also opened their own shop where silk lovers can purchase items like jewelry boxes, silk hairpins, Khon table runners, clutch bags, and many more. Meanwhile, their silk collection features Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Evening Ensemble and shoes, a Thai National dress, a full-cut coat, and an evening gown.
Location: Ratsadakorn-bhibhathana Building, The Grand Palace, Phra Nakhon Bangkok
Shinawatra Thai Silk
As one of the oldest factories and Thai silk shops in Thailand, Shinawatra Thai Silk has a founding principle that goes, “give priority to and control the quality of the materials used.” This has been the Shinawatra family’s practice for decades since 1911, helping them sustain the ancient heritage and craftmanship of silk weaving.
Through years of continuous innovation, their creative and state-of-the-art products have made the Shinawatra brand popular in the silk textile market.
Some of their luxe silk products are categorized into fabric, clothes, home décor, and accessories.
Location: 145/1-2 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road., k.m.7 Sankampaeng, Chiang Mai
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