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Time is one of the most important parts of the equation.Make your order on your first day.Normally bringing your own fabric is a good idea but considering where you are perhaps using fabric available at the tailor is a good idea.Have you tried to find your old tailor?
A funny thing about pricing in Thailand, there is not only two prices but often 3 or 4 prices as an example: We buy a lot of orchids and trees at a market here in Chiang Mai. If I ask the price it might be 600 baht if my wife asks the price in Thai it might be 375 baht, and if someone who is local asks the price in the Chiang Mai dialect of Thai it might be 300 baht. And if a local friend asks maybe 275. So the simple solution is to have a friend ask for you...
Yes.Silk is very beautiful but not as abrasion resistant.
Stores like Jim Thompson or Shinawatra are more expensive but you will have no stress - pure silk and nice designs.Stay away from street vendors.Your tailor will probably be able to fine good silk for you - hopefully having it on hand.
Some thoughts: We never accept a client's fabric unless we are already making ties for them and have a pattern on hand; and even then we do not make any money on the transaction. Using new fabric for us is always a learning process in how a fabric will stretch or move. This process takes time and our time is expensive (American design and management not local Thai) - having a pattern on hand helps in all ways. We spend a lot of time looking at the fabric so we don't...
I do not travel anywhere frequently as I have two small children. We have a farm in Korat province but I never visit it.Yes, you make a good point about Burma I know that they have a silk weaving tradition. Also just a thought maybe some tailors come from a family trained from the days of the British?I have not been to Sakon Nakhon but it is in the North-East which is famous for silk weaving.The sad thing is that there are very few young weavers.If the demand goes up for...
I have imported wool. silk, linen and cotton fabric from Europe the 17.5% only applied to silk. Asean countries might have lower duties.I don't know much about Jim Thompson - but they have some beautiful fabrics and they sell quite a bit to interior designers.Northern Thailand is not typically a good source for silk the North-East is where most of the best weaving is typically done.Laos and Cambodia also have beautiful silk.
"In a juicy twist, it has been speculated that there is a monopoly of textile imports in Thailand by a particular aristocratic Thai family. Some Thai tailors have also been linked to this family. However, this is all conjecture." A sartorial myth... Textiles are imported daily by many different businesses. Silk is 17.5% for duty plus 7% VAT this is not typically used in suits so not an issue. Linen, cotton and wool is normally 5% duty plus 7% VAT. So making up an...
Archaeoguy, Congratulations on the upcoming wedding. You should always follow what looks correct in your eyes. The ties in your example are normal woven ties with no embroidery that I can see in the photos. They look to be made in China - so the construction will be very basic 3-fold with an artificial fabric for the interlining or maybe if you are lucky a low end wool. If you spend a month searching you will probably find an Italian tie that has a similar design...
I have not met any Bangkok tailors that I remember so I don't know who would accept your own cloth. With that said Thailand is a flexible country and charm and politeness goes a long way...
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