tribal textiles from south east asia

Thailand, Laos, Myanmar( Burma), Indonesia

The ancient art of hand-weaving fabric has its roots in the primary obvious purpose to cloth the human body although a need for ornamentation creeps into any clothing tradition. There is a dramatic difference between textiles woven for everyday use & those woven for ceremonial use, the most common occasions for this being: weddings, births, deaths, festivals & spirit worship rites.

HANDWOVEN SILKS & COTTONS OF THAILAND

 

Thai silk is considered one of the finest fabrics in the world.

Silk fabric is created mainly by Silkworm Moths called Bombyx Mori. These larvae are fed on

 Mulberry leaves produce the only natural fiber that is filament fiber. This means that it can be one long continuous fiber if the conditions are products needed for manufacture are endless. The worm secretes a protein-like substance when it enters its pupa stage of life. This protein is called Sericin and it is wrapped around the worm in a cocoon for protection. The most common method of harvesting Silk is to immerse the pupa in warm water and then cold water to soften the gum-like protein. The silk filament can then be refined and processed ready to be wound into skeins and then woven into various silk fabrics. Read more >

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning...Henry Ward Beecher