Thai Silk, Fabric & Textiles in Bangkok
Whether you're looking for fabric for a new outfit or curtains, or ready-made gift items for your loved ones at home, you'll be thrilled with the endless selection Bangkok has to offer. Everything from shimmering Thai silk and pure cottons to exotic batik sarongs are readily available at Pahurat Textile Market, Thailand's largest fabric market, Silom Village and many other markets and mall outlets.
Unique in its own right, Pahurat or 'Little India' (near Chinatown) is not so little when it comes to variety. Cotton, chiffon, linen, satin, silk and velvet come in all sizes and colours. Even if you're not looking to buy fabric, Pahurat is still quite a feast for the eyes.
Where to Buy Thai Silk in Bangkok
Probably the most sought-after fabric by visitors from all over the world, Thai silk is celebrated for its outstanding quality, unique designs and affordability. It comes in an array of colours, patterns and plies, and is sold by the yard, or as ready-made clothing and souvenir items such as neckties, scarves, handkerchiefs, shawls, handbags, photo frames, bed covers and the likes. Also look out for the unique 'Mat Mee' Thai silk, a traditional tie-dyed silk from the Northeast of Thailand.
Silk is one of Thailand's great bargains. It can be found all over the city, but care must be taken that you are purchasing real silk and not synthetic fabric. Inexpensive silk items or articles of clothing marked 'Thai silk', like the neckties or scarves for sale at stalls along Sukhumvit and Silom Roads, is not the real thing. Hand-woven silk and cotton from different ethnic and tribal groups in Thailand are more in line with what you're looking for. It comes in a variety of patterns and styles that reflect the cultural and ethnic uniqueness of the people who make it. Although usually cheaper closer to where it was woven, Bangkok has the advantage of having selections available from all over the country.
Prices and quality do vary greatly, but generally good quality silk is easily found at Pahurat Textile Market and at most tailors. Silk gift items and similar products can also be obtained at Chatuchak Weekend Market and many shopping outlets in malls.
Jim Thompson Silk
The Jim Thompson Company, the famous international promoter of Thai silk, is renowned for its quality and beautifully designed products. Situated on the corner of Suwarong and Rama IV roads, the mansion-like Jim Thompson store offers a variety of colourful silk products.
Find everything from personal items to household pieces to handkerchiefs, shirts, neckties, place mats, wraps, cushions, curtains, bed sheets and more. Other branches in Bangkok are at Jim Thompson’s House, the Emporium, CentralWorld, Isetan, Siam Paragon and at major five-star hotels.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Location: 149/4-6 Surawong Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 235 8930
Pahurat Textile Market (Little India)
Also known as Little India, this market is frequented by few tourists but is nonetheless bustling with locals. The labyrinth of narrow lanes gives way to plentiful rolls of textiles such as silk, cotton, wool and cashmere in all kinds of colours, each to be brought at a good rate. Once crossing Chakraphek Road you will enter Pahurat. Within these first few blocks lay Pahurat's textile-selling action, so choose one of the many small alleyways and dive into the heart of it all.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 18:00 (every day)
- Location: Chakraphek Road and Sampleng Lane, Chinatown
Travel back to a time when the grandeur of traditional Thai houses hadn't been replaced with modern skyscrapers right in the heart of Silom, one of the city's most important business districts. Set among lush tropical greenery, Silom Village captures the spirit of old Bangkok through a compound of 17 well-preserved Thai antique houses dating back to the glorious era of King Rama V.
The complex features a hotel (Silom Village Inn), and a shopping arcade where an impressive collection of fine antiques, handicrafts, lacquer-finished products, jewellery, Thai silk, and furniture can be found. Besides the shopping arcade, you can also enjoy authentic Thai and international cuisine at the Silom Village Restaurant, complete with a Thai classical dance show.
- Opening Hours: 10:30 - 23:30
- Location: 286/1 Silom, Bang Rak
- Tel: +66 (0)2 235 8760-1