Natural Silk – A Dyeing Game!

Thai Silk Project Team visit

 

Why do so few people create natural silk with purely natural dyes?

This question was the focus of a visit to Thai Silk Magic by the team from the Queen of Thailand’s Silk Project seen here with Thai Silk Magic Founder, Amnuai in the middle of the photo.

This visit was very exciting for us as being remotely located we have few visitors. The Thai Silk Project Team visit gave us an opportunity to show what, why and how we create our handmade Thai silk.

 

Highlights of the Thai Silk Team Visit

The team visit to Thai Silk Magic looked at all parts of our natural silk creation process.

This included our natural dyes, hand spinning, hand weaving and even the silk weaving training program we have for our Thai village children.

Amnuai was busy all day with the team demonstrating and explaining our processes.

What the team really wanted to know was why Thai Silk Magic did not just take the easy option and simply use machines and chemical dyes to create our Thai silk.

Natural Silk – Eco-friendly and Sustainable

We explained to them our passion for totally natural eco-friendly silk.

And that depite the much longer and more physically demanding processes how Thai Silk Magic is proud to create sustainable and eco-friendly Thai silk.

The team told us how delighted they were that we created 100% natural silk as we were the only Thai silk manufacturer they had visited that were actually doing this!

So many other Thai silk suppliers had changed to chemical dyes, chemical mordants and especially using chemicals for finishing their silk fabrics.

Common chemical finishing Thai silk is used to improve softness, prevent wrinkling and to make anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. The problem is many of these chemicals are highly toxic!

At Thai Silk Magic we are extremely proud to be TOTALLY CHEMICAL FREE.

The Thai silk team were also very interested in our patterns and unique designs as well.

Natural Silk Threads

But what they really came to see was the finished natural silk threads.

And you can see them here in our video ready for weaving into a wide range of 2, 3 and 4 ply Thai silk fabrics and silk scarves.

The silk fabric and silk scarves are then proudly hand woven into our finished Thai silk creations that you see on our website.

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http://www.thaisilkmagic.com Why do so few people create natural silk with purely natural dyes?

This question was the focus of a visit to Thai Silk Magic by the team from the Queen of Thailand’s silk project seen here with Thai Silk Magic Founder, Amnuai second from the left.

The team visit to Thai Silk Magic looked at all parts of our natural silk creation process.

This included our natural dyes, hand spinning, hand weaving and even the silk weaving training program we have for our Thai village children.

Amnuai was busy all day with the team demonstrating and explaining our processes.

What the team really wanted to know was why Thai Silk Magic did not just take the easy option and simply use machines and chemical dyes to create our Thai silk.

We explained to them our passion for totally natural eco-friendly silk.

And that depite the much longer and more physically demanding processes how Thai Silk Magic is proud to create sustainable and eco-friendly Thai silk.

The team told us how delighted they were that we created 100% natural silk
as we were the only Thai silk manufacturer they had visited that were actually doing this!

So many other Thai silk suppliers had changed to chemical dyes, chemical mordants and especially using chemicals for finishing their silk fabrics.

The Thai silk team were also very interested in our patterns and unique designs as well.

But what they really came to see was the finished natural silk threads.

And here they are ready for weaving into a wide range of 2, 3 and 4 ply Thai silk fabrics and silk scarves.

The silk fabric and silk scarves are then proudly hand woven into our finished Thai silk creations that you see on our website.

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8 comments

  1. William Wood says:

    This blog is extremely thorough and well done. I didn’t know what a mordant was, but I looked it up: A mordant is a substance used to set dyes on fabrics or tissue sections by forming a coordination complex with the dye which then attaches to the fabric or tissue. I’ve joined your community, long distance of course:) I’ve saved this blog to my Remarkable Products folder and will share it when make referrals for you in Canada.

    Thank you,
    William

    • We really appreciate such a supportive and thoughtful comment William.
      It’s very rewarding to know that all the work we put into our video blogs is appreciated.
      We enjoy sharing what we do and hopefully it will interest others to take up the cause of natural dyes and help protect our planet from the ever increasing use of toxic chemicals in textiles, especially in silk

  2. And here I am again Amnuai!

    I always love your videos ! I really liked the over voice and the images at the same time, showing all of you interacting to each other, talking, but not so lowed so the overvoice is clear. Great work on showing them the passion that you all have a natural silk.

    Vitoria

    • Many thanks Vitoria. To have the Queen’s Silk Team come and visit us in our remote location was something I could only dream about previously.

      This project team is responsible for supporting and growing the Thai silk industry but very few Thai silk manufacturers are bothering about both handmade silks AND totally natural dye colours. It’s just way too much hard work and time.

      But we are determined to do our bit for our environment and we are proud to be totally chemical free – not like some others who claim to be but then add chemical to their finished products.

      What you see is what you get with our silk creations.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Amnuai,
    Its really great to know that the Silk project enhances the community and bringing more and more awareness on the importance of using traditional methods of production instead of unbalancing the eco-system using modern technologies. A great way of living in harmony with the environment!

    • We do our little bit to help our environment Elizabeth and hopefully others will appreciate all the effort that is required to create and maintain a totally natural silk product. Many thanks for your kind and supportive comment – it is always so appreciated

  4. Joany Perez says:

    Great vid, I like the voice over:) I am sure that your scarf are a labor of love. I cant wait to own one!

    • Joany so kind of you. Actually the voice over is my husband Peter so he will be thrilled with your lovely words of support.
      We are still learning video creation and marketing.
      Whenever you are ready we would welcome you as a customer so many thanks for considering our little village business.

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