My wonderful, amazing, sweet, gorgeous husband not only took photos of places that would interest me during his trip, he also brought back a few mementos.
The woven tube contains a sample of raw yellow silk. He picked up this souvenir at the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles (IKTT) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
The small woven box contained these small pottery bowls. These came from a ceramics factory in Chiangmai, Thailand.
This yarn is made in Thailand. My husband found a yarn shop in the Farong District, the old part of Bangkok. The original Mandarin Oriental Hotel is located in the Farong District. Around this area are countless craftsmen specializing in silk, silver, gems, antiquities and other items.
This is a beautiful silk scarf from the museum shop at the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok.
Even the packaging it came in is beautiful. The paper envelope is imprinted with scenes of the silk-making process.
He picked this up during his visit to Chiangmai in northern Thailand. This silk scarf is from Jolie Femme, a Thai silk factory.
This crumpled silk scarf is from the Old Market in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Finally, he brought these two illustrated books that tell the history of the Thai silk industry. The Thai Silk Sketch Book contains beautiful watercolors depicting the reeling, spinning, dyeing and weaving of silk textiles. The House on the Klong is a lovely picture book about the art collected by Jim Thompson over his lifetime and which is now on display at his home turned museum.
I may not have been there but he made sure to give me a sense of the place through photographs, retelling what he saw, and bringing these lovely things to make me smile.
37 thoughts on “Gifts from Southeast Asia”
Gorgeous presents. I especially love the fabrics and the book. What a fantastic Husband you have. 🙂
I must agree (about the husband). The book with the watercolor drawings is particularly interesting and beautiful.
Well done, “wonderful, amazing, sweet, gorgeous husband”! Lovely gifts, and a lovely sense of what would mean the most to you.
He did very well!
Wow!! Is silk cheap over there?? They are expensive looking 🙂
He said the prices varied. The blue scarf was over $100 US. He said that was on the less expensive side compared to the other items in the same shop many of which were apparently very costly.
It figures they look pricey lol
Oh my, such lovely gifts your “wonderful, amazing, sweet, gorgeous husband” has brought home for you ❤
I must concur! I can’t wait to wear the scarves.
How lovely. What a treasure you have in your partner, to be thinking of you so creatively while he was away from you.
He is a treasure : )
Oooooh thoses are all so pretty! Your husband is wonderful!
What wonderful gifts. Could your husband write a blog on how to buy gifts, please!
I like that he selects items that remind us of specific places or experiences.
I think he definitely deserves the Good Husband award! Thanks for sharing with us too. 🙂
You are welcome. It felt like Christmas!
Love the silk scarves!
Me too! I have them ready to wear with the right outfit.
What lovely gifts your husband brought back. Enjoy!
I love the scarves but the books and raw silk are so interesting.
Beautiful gifts and to our eyes, unusual. I love silk (who doesn’t). I wonder what you will do with it?
I’ve been thinking about that. It’s not very much so perhaps I’ll ply it with another fiber.
This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing all of his travels–and your lovely keepsakes–with all of us.
It was my pleasure. It was fun as he brought out each item.
What wonderful silk…..:-)
I love the patterns on the blue scarf and the butterflies on the other. Plus that raw yellow silk is interesting.
Just lovely. Lucky you!
Thanks : )
OMG!! Beautiful (and beautifully interesting) souvenirs! Every single thing is so wonderfully crafted. It’s amazing the amount of pride, skill and artistry these people put into these works. Congrats on a super haul of awesome!
Thanks. The husband gets major points.
Fabulous presents, you are a lucky lady.
I must agree. The husband did well.
Beautiful gifts, a very thoughtful husband 🙂 the silk is mesmerising, one would want to set out and travel to those far places after reading your post..
The husband did well. I’ve already worn 2 of the 3 scarves and have been quite pleased. I plan to ply the raw silk with some handspun. I would also love to go one day!