Pak Thong Chai Silk Factory  -  
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 Description: Beside the silk industries in Chiang Mai, Pak Thong Chai Village is one of Thailandís most famous silk-weaving villages and??is well-known for its delicately and ??high quality beautiful Khorat-texture silk. Many famous Bangkok Thai-Silk houses set up their factories here including Jim Thompson. There are more than 70 silk factories in Pak Tongchai area and Thai silk products (Pha-mai Thai) have been distributed both in the country and abroad.
In the 30s, Korat silk was the ultimate fabric for a formal dress and adored by the high society in Bangkok. After the arrival of polyesters, the Korat silk factories have been on a decline and for generations, the silk weaving villages of Pak Thong Chai preserve the art of traditional silk weaving and every weavers exercise great patience in weaving and produce exquisite Korat silk as souvenir items at a very reasonable price.

Silkworms are grown primarily on the Korat Plateau in the countryís northeast region. As the silkworm feeds on mulberry bush, it slowly transforms from a larve to pupa stage and spins a cocoon before??emerging as??a moth.The single strand of silk that forms the cocoon is about 500m long and it is the raw silk material. The finished cocoon is pulled from the mulberry bush and placed in a vat of boiling water, which separates the silk thread of the cocoon from the caterpillar inside. The silkworm pupae are rich in oil content and pupal oil is used in cosmetic industry and the remaining pupal cake is a rich source of protein suitable for poultry and fisheries.??Silkworm pupae are full of protein and ??is a delicacy for the local people in the Northeastern region as a source of protein and nourishment.

The silk thread of Thailandís silkworms is a natural gold colour and many threads are combined to make a thicker, more practical fiber. The raw silk threads are passed through a process of bleaching, dyeing and drying before wind onto drums and sent to weaving shops where the silk cloth is produced.

Thai silk is one of the finest fabrics in the world and????it has very distinctive features as compare??to Chinese, Indian and Italian silks. The process of manufacturing, the patterns and colors used do make the silk types varies widely between countries. The art of silk production is called sericulture and has provided ample employment opportunities to the people in rural area.

How to recognise real silk from imitation:
Burn Test

Real silk is a natural product and when lighted with a flame, it will leave a fine ash and smell like burnt hair. The threads will stop burning without the flame. On the other hand, imitation silk will drip and continue to burn with black smoke after the flame is taken away.
 Province Nakhon Ratchasima  Direction:
 District Pak Thong Chai 
 City Mueang Pak  Comments:  Official Web:  
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 Entry fee Free GPS : 14.70555 N 102.02150 E  
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