During the silk making process, the cocoons, once bought back from the farmers, are taken to our production facility at Pak Thong Chai. Here they are firstly boiled, which softens the fibres, making it possible to unwind them, then individually divided according to their quality.
The fibres are then extracted onto a wheel and interwined, treated to soften further, and finally reeled on to bobbins to create silk threads.
The cocoons come in two natural colours, the Chinese-Japanese strand being white, whilst the Thai breed are a soft yellow. The threads they produce can then be dyed by our staff before weaving. One cocoon amazingly can produce nearly a kilometre of silk thread.
The cocoons come in two natural colours, the Chinese-Japenese strand being white, whilst the Thai breed are a soft yellow. The threads they produce can then be dyed by our staff before weaving. One cocoon amazingly can produce nearly a kilometre of silk thread.
There are three different factories on site at Pak Thong Chai, related to weaving, reeling and dyeing, and printing, allowing each specialist team to complete their specific processes with the upmost efficiency and skill. In the weaving department, both hand and machine based weaving techniques are used.
Hand weaving is highly valued at Jim Thompson and remains at the core of the company. We work very closely with our weavers to produce the highest quality fabrics, using only the most efficient techniques. This traditional skill was once at risk of extinction in Thailand; our continuous employment of traditional weavers supports the industry, keeping this delightful art alive and rural families employed.
Looking after our weavers is of the utmost importance to the company. To this day, Jim Thompson proudly runs the largest number of hand looms in the world.
Simultaneously, huge investment in state-of-the-art machinery within the printing department has enabled us to produce beautiful and innovative printed designs also of the highest quality.