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Post by johnny88 » August 17, 2005, 10:40 pm

Does anyone know of a place in Udon Thani where handwoven silks casn be purchased for a decent price. I would be greatful for any responses.

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Post by Paul » August 17, 2005, 10:57 pm

My wife can supply top quality handmade silk in a variety of colours and patterns made to order if required, from her parents own hands and other people in her village. This industry even cultivate their own silkworms.
If you are serious them pm me for further info.
There is a distinct difference between hand made and factory produced.

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Post by businessman » August 18, 2005, 10:39 am

What does your average hand made silk cost per square metre?

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Post by Dakoda » August 18, 2005, 1:37 pm

also would it be suitable for a top bed sheet (5') or just too rough! 8)

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Post by Paul » August 18, 2005, 6:43 pm

Apparently having asked the missus, when they make the silk it is in a standard size which is aproximately 1 metre x 2 metres (the looms cannot go wider than that) but the length could be adjusted I guess.
Depending on colours/pattern the cost for one piece of this size would be in the region of 1500 baht

Look in the markets and you will see pieces going for about 900 baht - however check the size (usually 1 sq metre) and ask if it was handmade or produced in a factory ! (as if they would tell you anyway !!!)

You or I probrably couldn't really tell the difference - however the people from the villages can see good quality silk in an instant.

Dakoda: I guess you could use it as a sheet (sewn together) but its an expensive sheet - or do you have luxury tastes ? Better if it was used on the top as a decorative sheet and not for actually sleeping on (or was that what you meant ?)

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Post by johnny88 » August 19, 2005, 12:12 am

Thank you for your responses. What I have found is about 1 meter wide and 3 to4 meters long. I am very serious about making some contacts. I'll be in Ubon Thani next week some time.

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Post by wokkawombat » August 19, 2005, 5:46 am

Paul, I will also have a yarn( no pun intended) when I return as I have to buy silk for sister. I presume the normal forumites discount of 0.0000000078% will apply?

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Post by Paul » August 19, 2005, 8:31 am

John
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Discount ???? where do you think you are man - Thailand ????? LOL

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Post by banpaeng » August 19, 2005, 8:53 am

come on Paul. at least a discount of .0000000000000000078 if the buyer buys you a beer. Sounds like a good deal to me.

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Post by Dakoda » August 19, 2005, 9:38 am

It seems impossible to find a flat sheet here, (I did find a couple at Robertsons, but individual size and I didn't like the colors)!

It would be for sleeping. I was thinking of getting two sewn together, but was thinking it might be a little scratchee! Guess it would be a little expensive too.

Another thing (flat sheets) to look for when in Bangkok, I guess. 8)

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Post by wokkawombat » August 19, 2005, 4:31 pm

Dakota, tell me what size flat sheets, what colour, what quality and what price and I will will bring a couple over in Sept

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Post by Paul » August 19, 2005, 5:30 pm

Just confirmed it with the missus
Width is indeed about a metre (just over) and is dictated by the loom but the length can be just about anything (within reason), but is usually 2 metres as its a handy size to wrap around the body and have an instant sarong.
And yes you could sew them together to make a luxurious bed sheet , but would require some careful washing of course.

Possibly doing a run to the village in the near future to pick up some more so should have some to look at soon.

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Post by wokkawombat » August 19, 2005, 6:14 pm

I seem to recall a english TV show many years ago, about tailors, where the catch phase was "Never mind the quality, feel the width".


Joking Paul, I will be lining up, save me a trip on the iron horse to the silk village.

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Post by Dakoda » August 19, 2005, 7:46 pm

Well John, an offer I can't refuse, but I hate to ask for it will add extra weight!

I am going to Bangkok either this coming week or the week after and should be able to find some there, just waiting on the weather to clear!

But if you are traveling light and need a couple of extra kilo's - I am looking for a couple of sets (fitted, flat, pillow cases) for what they call here a 5 foot bed (I think it is a queen in states)! Looking for 280 to 300 cotton thread (fine or satin), price is a hard one to call maybe around the 1500 baht range for each set. Color :?: something I can live with and NOT white ish or black ish!

Let me know for I not sure I will need four sets! Guess you could get one and I could try finding the other in Bangkok! 8)

Either way thanks for the thought!

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Post by Paul » August 21, 2005, 10:27 pm

Did a run out to the village today and gathered up about two dozen pieces of genuinely hand made silk, in sizes of aprox. 1m x 2m
There are different colours/patterns and if anyone wants a look then give me a shout.

(providing of course my internet service actually give me some service, but thats another topic :( )

Paul 8)

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