Tai Yuan ‘Teen Jok’ Tubeskirt
From Mae Chaem, this handsome tubeskirt has a refined and classic Tai Yuan hemband called ‘teen jok’. These bands are woven in the discontinuous supplementary weft technique which is often likened to “embroidery on a loom”: the threads of each color are inserted as the weft individually and ‘picked’ from between the warp threads by the weaver to form the pattern. It is a laborious technique which requires skill and patience. The ‘jok’ threads are fine, silky cotton and possibly some silk. As is typical, the bottom edge is a beautiful lipstick red. The body of the skirt is a contrasting charcoal grey and black cotton woven in an attractive grid pattern with a dark red band at the top, and a natural color cotton waistband finishing the top. This skirt was purchased new from the weaver in Mae Chaem and shows that traditional weaving is still alive and well in Thailand. It could be displayed nicely, or worn. See my blog (February 2012) for photos and information from the ‘Teen Jok’ festival in 2012.
Size: 40.25″ x 57″ (if opened)