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.