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The Thai Silk Company Founded in 1948
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James Harrison Wilson Thompson - Grandfather
Early 1950s
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Early 1960s Thai Silk Debut in the World of High Fashion
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The Measure of Silk Success
     
 
Innovations in Silk Production
 
     
Thompson insisted on conserving many traditional elements of cottage industry silk weaving but also introduced several innovations that significantly raised the standard of silk production. This resulted in a substantial improvement in the quality of the silk woven as well as in the volume produced.  
   
 

 

To successfully break into the American and European markets, standardization was an important process. He introduced strict guidelines for silk production.

 

 
 
Grading of silk cocoons
An inspection process introduced by Jim Thompson is still being used today.

Modern dyeing process at the Jim Thompson factory. High quality, color-fast Swiss dyes were introduced to replace the traditional vegetable dyes to eliminate the occurrence of unpredictable colors.

 
   

He persuaded the weavers to switch to a faster, foot-operated shuttle on their looms, significantly raising the daily production output.

The traditional weaving loom.