Where to Buy Silk for Quilting in Thailand
Find silk by the yard at these places:
- The Old Siam mall in Chinatown
- Chinaworld mall in Chinatown – 300 baht per meter at a shop on the ground floor
- Jim Thompson fabric outlets, 550 to 650 baht per meter, both open 9.00 am. – 6.00 pm, two locations:
- Soi Sukhumvit 93
Thai silk is very sturdy. It can be washed in the machine with any detergent. The colors do not run. However if you wash it, the silk will become wrinkly. The wrinkles will never come out. This is because each fiber shrinks down to a different size. Thai silk should be ironed with a very hot iron, no steam. I have blouses made of Thai silk which I have washed in the machine. They didn’t shrink a lot, but they now have a wrinkly look but I still wear them. If you dry clean them, they keep the pressed look. I use silk to make quilts, without any fusible or backing on it. I mix and match cotton and silk patches in my quilts because I like a scrappy look.