All About Thai Silk Magic
Who Are We?
Hello or in Thai, “sawadee kha”,
My name is Amnuai Beckenham, the founder of Thai Silk Magic. My friends and family call me by my nickname, Dao.
For some years I have had a strong desire to help the people of our village who live in poverty.
Let me share just a little of our story……..
Please understand that although the people in our village are poor financially, we are proud, hard working and fun loving people who love to dance and sing. We are also wonderful hand weavers of Thai silk
Our Mission – TO CREATE FOR YOU THE HIGHEST QUALITY ECO-FRIENDLY HANDMADE SILK THAT WILL LAST YOU FOREVER.
AND IN SUCCESSFULLY DOING SO WE CAN SHARE ALL PROFITS WITH OUR VILLAGE
Our traditional handmade methods include using only natural ingredients for all our dye colours enabling our sustainable and “green lifestyles” creations to provide you with unique, extremely durable and safe products that will both impress and protect.
Thai Silk Magic’s other key mission is to improve village lifestyles and the education opportunities for the children of our remote Thai village.
We achieve this by adopting fair pay principles for our workers, and sharing 100% of the profits within our village. This is unique in the hugely competitive world of textiles so often dominated by foreign companies. ALL PROFITS ARE RETAINED IN THE VILLAGE!
You are warmly invited to join our other village community subscribers who enjoy EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS as well as getting access to all our behind-the-scenes activities, our latest news and promotions
Our unique handwoven Thai silk fabric and apparel are only available DIRECTLY from Thai Silk Magic through this website. This allows us to sell to you at BARGAIN PRICES
Thai Silk Magic’s products are not mass-produced. They are all original limited edition hand woven Thai Silk that are available to you at genuine bargain prices
No chemicals are used in the creation of our Thai silk products. The whole process is eco-friendly and our fabrics are completely safe to use.
Please check out this link to our video blog post on “Toxic Chemicals in Your Clothes”
Thai Silk Magic is a village community controlled enterprise. There are no middle men and all profits are retained in our village.
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One of the main obstacles to establishing Thai Silk Magic was the cultural issue of “kreng-jai.”
This term literally means “fear of not being able to repay a courtesy or help”. Despite this I remained determined to find ways to help our village
In 2009 there was great sadness in our village as some families withdrew their children from our village school as they could not afford the very modest school fees.
More recently there was great excitement and pride when one of our village students qualified to attend university to study law.
Cycle of Poverty
These events reinforced the importance of education to equip the next generation to break out of the “cycle of poverty” It increased my determination to create opportunities for the people of my village.
I approached a group of village weavers and suggested marketing their esquisite silk weaving skills globally by setting up our own website.
After some hesitancy the village weavers gradually understood and embraced the proposal.
Thai Silk Magic is Born
The weavers were enthusiastic and excited about creating opportunities for lifestyle changes for themselves and their families – especially for the futures of their children.
Many of us have not had the opportunity to be well educated so this is a driving passion behind Thai Silk Magic’s MISSION.
With the support of the weavers for the proposal, we were able to overcome “kreng-jai”, and Thai Silk Magic was born.
Thai Silk Magic Objectives
The establishment of Thai Silk Magic created a win-win-win outcome:
A win for our customers by enabling access to purchase DIRECTLY from the product creators
A win for our village by creating opportunities to improve lifestyles and much needed education opportunities for our children
A win for the environment because of our eco-friendly, completely chemical free processes.
Our motto is “Woven by Hand, With Love, For You” and this is a perfect description of our organisation.
Thai Silk Magic’s focus is on showcasing the unique skills of our village weavers and our eco-friendly processes. The unique quality of our handmade Thai silk is complemented by chemical free dyes that we create from trees, shrubs, flowers and other naturally occuring vegatation.
Even the mordants used to make the natural dye colours permenant are 100% natural - this is very rare in the textile world where far too many toxic chemicals are being added as types of fabric finishing requirements.
We are sure that the fabrics and accessories created by Thai Silk Magic will delight you.