A Journey into Thai Culture
My blog is a journey into both Thailand and Thai culture. It’s a cultural travel guide to random aspects of Thai life.
My journey started almost 25 years ago with my marriage to my Thai wife, Waranya. Since then, Thailand and especially Thai culture has slowly, yet relentlessly, filched my soul. Today, I feel equally at home in either Lamphun Province where my wife and I have a home in a rural town, or in Los Angeles where I also live part of the year.
I have been travelling to, coming and going, living in and visiting Thailand for two decades. I’ve worked alongside Thais; attended their weddings and funerals; eat Thai food more often than farang; and attend Buddhist ceremonies. (I’m not Buddhist. At best I’m agnostic.) My son is Thai. My family is Thai. I was married in a Thai wat with nine monks chanting. I could go on and on…. You get the picture.
For a more expanded version of my “Thai chops” please read: My Thai Life. It’s the beginning chapter of my blog.
The Thai Fabric Chronicles
Much of my blog is about Thai fabrics-Thai handwoven fabrics to be specific. Traditional fabrics are a cultural treasure of Thailand.
I consider myself an expert on handwoven Thai fabrics, especially Thai silk. I’ve written extensively about both Thai silk production and Thai silk fabrics.
My fabric expertise stems from our business, House of Thailand LLC, that my wife and I started 13 years ago. We designed, manufactured and exported Thai pillows and traditional Siamese apparel such as fisherman pants, Siamese pantaloons, Hill Tribe pants, sarongs, and other traditional apparel.
My wife and I sought out the finest fabrics made in Thailand for our business. I’ve gone on dozens of “fabric safaris” to isolated silk weaving villages in Esaan (northeastern Thailand) I’ve spent countless hours chatting with Thai weavers as they produced the world’s finest silk on their old wooden looms.
We recently closed our business this year for a variety of reasons. But my wife and I still roam all over Thailand perusing and buying fabrics, just not in the quantity as before.
My love for Thai fabrics is only eclipsed by my love for Thai pillows. Over the years, I exported to the U.S. over 30 ocean freight containers of Thai pillows. That’s a lot of pillows! The pillow makers of Esaan are close family friends and will remain so forever.
Thai pillows, their history, how they’re made, and their quality is my deepest expertise.
A Very Little More About Myself
Born in northern Ohio on the banks of Lake Erie in the winter. A snowy, cold start to life. Lived here and there in the U.S., mostly in L.A. Went to the University of Arizona, which turned out to be great preparation for the heat of Thailand. I also went to law school-sorry!
The Siamese Puzzle Box
Whether by choice or fate, I’ve been dragged across a cultural chasm from White culture to Thai culture. It doesn’t happen overnight, but is the result of over two decades of intimate contact with all things Thai.
I’ve been granted permission to enter the Siamese puzzle box of culture.
P.S. The snapshots in this blog are mine. You’re welcome to use them for non-commercial and other bloggy purposes. I would appreciate a link back to where you got them. Thanks.