Country Crafts: Silk-making

4 Days Isan Village Full Experience Into Silk-Making – Northeast Thailand

  • Spend four days in the company of silk-makers whose village regularly wins the Queen’s Award for Excellence in Silk Production.
  • A unique opportunity to be part of a rural community in an area of Thailand where silk is still made in the traditional way
  • Witness all the proccesses of silk making – from breeding the silk worms to dyeing, spinning, and weaving takes place in the village homes using hand-made equipment.

Arrival: Welcome to village homestay

Meals: Dinner
Pick up from Sida bus stop or Bua Yai train station at 2PM and transfer to homestay. Evening meal and overnight accommodation will be provided. Meet the host, Lamai and her family as well as some of the local people. Explore Ko Phet Village – Take a walk through the family rice fields and learn the process from planting to harvesting. You can visit the villagers’ homes where the various traditional processes take place. Alongside the rice fields you will find irrigation canals where the Ko Phet villagers have planted an organic vegetable garden, growing squashes, beans, peppers, chillies etc. [Please note that these activities are dependent on your arrival time and also the weather].
If the school is open, you can visit and talk to the teachers and children and look at their work.
Return to the homestay house and garden where you can sit in the shaded splash pool while Lamai prepares a typical Isan meal, followed by a drink on the verandah to watch the water buffaloes amble homewards while the sun sets over the lake. Overnight at the homestay.

DAY (1): How to make silk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
A member of the family will take you step by step through the silk-making stages, starting with catching the silk moth and feeding the silk worms with fresh mulberry leaves which you will collect from the garden.You will then learn the simple processes of boiling and spinning the silk from the eggs which you will also collect.

DAY (2): Dyeing silk and preparing the loom for weaving.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Here you will be shown how to tie-dye the silk thread and then how to set up the loom ready for the weaving. The success of the pattern depends entirely on the accuracy of the loom’s setting.

DAY (3): Weaving your own silk scarf

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
This is the day the weaving will take place when you should be able to make enough silk to take home a beautiful and unique silk scarf.

DAY (4): Departure:

Meals: Breakfast -Experience ends after breakfast.
12PM Transfer to bus- stop at Sida or Bua Yai train station for onward journey OR stay an additional night.

Remarks:

Max number of pax: 8 persons including children (Children under 11 years old are free.)
Rate per pax: USD.169
Pickup point: Bus-stop at Sida or Bua Yai Train Station. Please state your preferred pick-up location in the Order Nate at Check-out.
Items to bring: Comfortable clothes and personal belongings for 3days-2nights homestay.

Our rate includes:

  • Transportation including transfer from Bus-stop at Sida or Bua Yai Train Station
  • Children under 11 yrs. are free
  • All meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Admission fees where applicable

Our rate exclude:

  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Gratuities
  • Flights, trains, bus fares and other transport costs other than those outlined in the itinerary.