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The Silk Story
"VOGUE" Opinion Counts
Innovations in Silk Production
The Thai Silk Company Founded in 1948
Thai Silk Hits Broadway
James Harrison Wilson Thompson - Grandfather
Early 1950s
1959 - The Pinnacle of Silk Success
Early 1960s Thai Silk Debut in the World of High Fashion
The Mid - 60's
The Measure of Silk Success
The Early 1950s

Thai silk was being introduced to an ever-increasing number of people. The widespread publicity generated by the discovery of silk fuelled a flood of orders.


By the early 1950s, Thompson had opened a small shop of his own on Surawongse Road and the silk business became a constant concern for Thompson. Having seen the results of their efforts in material terms, the silk weavers produced more silk in a month than ever before.

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and Jim Thompson in his first silk shop.