Tra­di­tional Tex­tiles

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An ex­cur­sion to the Kh­mer tem­ples should also in­clude a de­tour to the vil­lage of Baan Charoen Suk, where a small col­lec­tive of lo­cal ar­ti­sans pro­duce Phu Aka­nee Cot­ton ( 66/89-526-6071) us­ing nat­u­ral dyes sourced from the rust-red vol­canic soil, padauk bark, and cul­ti­vated marigolds. Dis­cern­ing Bangkok res­i­dents are known to make the trip to pro­cure clothes and tex­tiles that are oth­er­wise pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive in the cap­i­tal. For non-Thai speak­ers, hir­ing a guide or trans­la­tor is es­sen­tial if you want to get the most out of a cot­ton-dye­ing and weav­ing demon­stra­tion, which can be ar­ranged in ad­vance. Just 15 kilo­me­ters from Buri­ram town lies the silk-weav­ing vil­lage of Baan San­uan Nok ( 66/80-5953414). Vis­i­tors here can learn ev­ery step of the silk pro­duc­tion process, from plant­ing mul­berry trees and breed­ing silk­worms to reel­ing the lament, mak­ing silk yarns, and weav­ing.

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