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 Post subject: The Silk and Hemp Road
PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 11:22 pm 
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Hello I am new to this site .I am a textile artist and I am going to go to Thailand and Laos next month .I wanted to buy some plain undyed silk and hemp shawls and scarves that I can work on when I get back .I am planning to go to Laos (Vientienne) and then down to Southern Thailand .I didnt really want to go to Chiang Mai ,as I have been there before , but maybe I will have to .I heard some Hmong hill tribes in Laos produce hemp fabric.Do they sell it at the markets?Also I was wondering if the lady that ran the indigo dyeing workshop that I saw on another discussion page still does classes?Or if you can do some indigo dyeing in Laos anywhere? I would be so gratefull for anyfeed back .I fear I am about to embark on a wild goose chase...
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Hani,

You might have a look at the shopping info which is shown at: http://www.tribaltextiles.info/Countrie ... _shops.htm and http://www.tribaltextiles.info/Countrie ... _shops.htm although you should try and contact any of the shops listed before going in case things have changed since the last info was loaded. Any feedback after your visit would welcome.

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Thankyou Pamela ,I did look at the links and they were very useful.But does anyone know where to buy hemp I wonder because those shops will be great to get some silk things but I dont think they do hemp aswell .And yes I will let you know how it goes ,cant wait.
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You might find some lengths of hemp for Hmong skirts which will have wax resist and be indigo dyed in Thailand. I have seen these in Bangkok. I have bought plain indigo hemp lengths in the market in Sa Pa in Vietnam but that was more than 10 years ago. I don't know about Laos. Producing hemp is pretty labour intensive and has a special meaning for the Hmong/Miao. I would not be very optimistic.

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