Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Silk Weavers

At the end of our 3-day English camp that we conducted, the teachers took us to a small village that weaves silk. Thai silk is the finest in the world. It will take about two days to make a piece of silk that measures about 2 and a half yards. The piece of material costs around $1,250 baht which is a lot of money for most Thais ($32.50). The women work in a space under the house in temperatures that hover between 90 and 104 degrees.

Some of the Thai English teachers and weavers pose with us in front of the house where the silk cloth is made.


At 2:49 PM, Blogger MJ said...

OK...I'd like to know more about the process before it gets to the looms. Is the silk extracted somehow from the worms (ewwww!) or is it found already manufactured by the silk worms and then what...? I mean...the worms don't just make the thread and then wind it up in little balls or something for the weavers??? :^)


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