SHINAWATRA THAI SILK FACTORY | A DAY TOUR

The Shinawatra Thai Silk FactoryMy  friends from Indonesia, Cambodia, India, South Africa and from the Philippines who visited Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory

The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory

Amongst the places that I thought very relevant to me being an entrepreneur when I visited Thailand were the handicraft factories, we’ve visited. One of which was The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory.

The Tour

The Thais were basically nice and courteous. When we arrived we were greeted nicely by their staff and were given a nice silk floral pin. Then we were offered an herb tea, which I cannot recall how they call it. The only thing that I surely remembered was the taste- it has lemongrass. Humorous as I am, I made a joke upon my first sip of the tea, ”hmmm, parang tinola!” (with matching expression of course). I wonder why nobody laughs at that joke. I just realized I was in the midst of other nationals and nobody understood what Tinola was. In our group, we have Indians, Latinos, Indonesians, Africans, Malaysians, and  4 Filipinos.

The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory

Making threads out a silk cocoon, Shinawatra Silk Factory

After finishing our tea, we start our tour in the factory. We were given an orientation about the history and business of The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory.

The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory

The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory was founded in 1911.  The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory is the oldest silk factory in Thailand. Based on an age-old tradition of craftsmanship in the ancient Kingdom of Lanna, Chiang Shinawatra and his family have, through the years, introduced innovative technology and set ever-higher standards of quality and consistency for this most precious of all materials.

The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory has long been a major attraction for visiting Royalty and guests of the Thai government.

It’s quite amazing how the tour was done. After the orientation, we were introduced to the process of making silk.

The Shinawatra Thai Silk Factory

Silk weaving, Shinawatra Silk Factory

Silk Reeling Process

1. Boil clean water in a pot raising temperature to 80 c. Put 40 or 50 silk cocoons into the hot water. The sticky Serricin substance will then melt thereby releasing the silk filaments.

2. Gently push floating cocoons down into the water with a forked stirrer.

3. After a certain time, all the cocoons will float to the surface, they should then be gathered so that the loose filaments of delicate silk can be pulled out and spun together to creating silk threads.

4. Silk filaments, when pulled gently through the forked stirrer, will separate the smooth yarns from the cocoons. The silk thread is then transferred to the wooden pulley, which is attached and secured to the pot before it is placed inside a nearby basket.

5. Keep refilling the boiling pot with more cocoons.

6. When a cocoon has been completely reeled out ( each cocoon is made up of a filament between 600 and 900 meters long!) – the silk chrysalis will be placed to the bottom of the pot and can later be cleaned out.

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 Shinawatra Silk Factory

Contact Information:

Address: 145/1-2 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road., k.m.7 Sankampaeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Telephone.66-53 221076 Fax.66-53 212538
e-mail:areeya@shinawatrathaissilk.com

7 Comments

  1. larry worley

    The wife and I took a tripe to Chang Mai from Bangkok about ten to twelve yrs ago and I bought a thai silk shirt and they delivered that night but I don’t remember the factory name or address and there was no card with the info but I sure would like to get a couple more shirts.see if they still have my measurements.

  2. I think i saw this on tv either on Rated K or KMJS… what a very detailed process… i wonder how much each dress worth…

  3. I also visited such silk factory here in my country and yup I must say the experience was good.Hope you also enjoyed there.

  4. Thai silk is really a class of its own. Are you working a supply deal with them?

  5. It’s nice to visit this kind of place so you also get to learn the process of making silk. It really requires some effort and time to complete the actual result.

  6. Its nice that you have experienced visiting this place 🙂 am envious hahah

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