Pakthonchai, Thailand 15.01.09
The first impressions of Thailand is about to sink in, I’m getting used to being here. It’s been eleven beautiful days and even though we haven’t traveled a lot we’ve seen many different sides of the Thai way of living. Like being a student at Silpakorn University, living on campus almost like one of them, or being a turist in chaotic Bangkok. Now I’m a trainee at Lucky Seide, a silk factory in Pakthonchai. It’s quite an amazing situation. Everywhere we go we see beautiful textiles (of course, it is a textile study trip), and because it’s winter time even all the buddha statues are covered in golden textiles.
But as I said, I’m getting used to being here, I don’t stare at every monk that passes. I’m continuing my MA-project here, trying to balance all the new impressions and ideas without loosing thouch with my project, which is about meetings between textiles and body and textile expressions. At Lucky Seide I’m trying to weave a fabric that will change some of it’s characther wether the fabric is draping or being stretched, for example in contact with the body. Here’s a picture of one of Anes tests.
We’re about to end our first stay in Pakthonchai and go back to Bangkok before heading north for new sites.