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Yok Mook Silk: the Silk Legacy of Nakhon Phanom
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Yok Mook Silk: the silk legacy of Nakhon Phanom

 

For fabric lovers, Na Wha District of Nakhon Phanom northeastern province is the weaving haven that showcases fascinating heritages or Yok Mook silk.

Yok Mook is a weaving art passed on by ancient Thai Yuan weavers of Thailand's northern region, Thai Puan descendants from Laos as well as Phu Thai weavers in Isan.

The weaving technique uses two additional warp yarns on the loom and an additional weft yarn or metallic threads inserted in between to create patterns. Both tied dyed and normal silk threads can be used to make Yok Mook silk of which weaving needs a delicate process and meticulous preparation.

INa Wha ladies, who inherited the art from their ancestors, traditionally weave beautiful Yok Mook silk to dress up at the Phra That Phanom's annual celebration when ladies from seven tribes perform traditional dances to honor sacred stupa.

King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit were impressed by the beauty of Yok Mook silk during a royal visit to Na Wha in 1972. Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit’s Foundation of the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques has supported the inception of the weaving group as the country’s first of its kind to help farmers develop weaving products and sold them to earn extra income. Her Majesty the Queen gave annual rewards for the weaving group as an encouragement for the ladies to improve quality of the textile.

The Yok Mook silk is considered a sacred and valuable gift for dignitaries who participated the country’s significant events. In 1998, Nakhon Phanom Province declared Yok Mook silk as the provincial symbol. The silk was granted a four-star OTOP award in 2016.

How to get there: Na Phra Local Fabric Community Enterprise, Nakhon Phanom, can be reached at 086-864-5217. Nakhon Phanom is 474 miles from Bangkok via highway 2, 12, and 22.