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I have not looked at Chiang Mai's tailors in around 15 years - but at that time there was only about two tailor shops that did their own work and were worth using - I don't remember the names - but you would know because they have some real wool on hand and have been in business for many years. Still only one or two probably."Fair enough. I guess I'll just have to walk around the top of Sampeng and Pahurat next time. Although, if you did this a few years ago, then perhaps...
It is true that overall the level of tailoring is currently not that high in Thailand but it is not correct that the skill will never match that of Saville row.I live and work and Thailand and I see changes that you may not...
ELG,Very happy that you like your ties.Good luck with your dry cleaner search - if I hear of a good one in San Rafael I will let you know.I like the San Rafael to San Anselmo/Fairfax area great hiking on the weekend.While I love the Chiang Mai Mountains where we live now, Mt Tam has some special ecosystems like Muir woods that make it special.Growing up I loved running on the trails in thew Redwood forests.
ELG, Where in Marin are you? I wonder if you searched the IJ online if you might find some good suggestions? I grew up in Tiburon and the dry cleaner downtown was always very busy but that would be very far for you if you are in for example the San Rafael area.
We do not work with any other companies.I also feel that you should look first to body size rather than lapels.
Actually you are not confused - you have the answer - attention to quality.But I would judge at the company level not the nation level as there will always be exceptions.Not all fabrics in Italy or England are first rate.Some thoughts:Tradition is importantEducation is very importantPride in what you do means a lot.Having fun with the creative process really helps.If China wanted to create world class silks and ties it could - remember in the past they were luxury weavers...
Brazil also produces raw silk for export.China does not focus on quality currently but in the distant past wove beautiful silk and probably will again in the future.Italian fabric has a wonderful finish which is probably its biggest claim to fame.The handwoven silk that you hear about in India and Thailand is typically different not better or worse than Italian silk.We have woven silk in Thailand that is rough with slubs and we have woven smooth silk. It depends on what...
Nonchalant,I love your way of thinking outside the box - are you an engineer?Your method has worked for you and could work for others but has the possibility of not working and perhaps damaging the silk so as an inexpensive and quick method it is attractive but has some danger.Cappelli has a good reputation as a tie maker so you may want to consider sending it back to them if the tie has sentimental value.If the tie does not have sentimental value then it may not be a good...
Grenadines are indeed a loose weave and should be kept away from sharp edges and velcro as should all loose weaves. As far as pilling type wear I don't see too much of that with grenadines unless a tight knot is used. Pulls can be fixed by pushing them back into the silk - not cutting. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes challenging - we use a large needle. Recently I took a new piece of grenadine silk and tried to get a pull dozens of times as an experiment without...
Air conditioning on the dry setting works well for us. We keep it on in our silk room 24 hours a day.
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