Home | About Denise | Current lectures | Photo library | Travel articles | Publications | Courses | Tours | Contact
A Cambodian Odyssey | Laos: The Last Paradise | Vietnam: The Ascending Dragon
Javanese Temples & Balinese Dance | Legend and Lustre: Jim Thompson and Thai Silk
Legend and Lustre: Jim Thompson and Thai Silk


Jim Thompson


Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok as a US army officer in 1945, fell in love with it and stayed. Captivated by the lustrous beauty of Thai silk, he rescuscitated an ancient craft in decline and made it famous, creating costumes for films and embellishing his historic house, which today is a museum.


An aesthete and art collector, he created an exquisite home from six hand-carved teakwood houses brought from the countryside and filled it with Asian art. Here he became a celebrated society host..


This lecture describes his achievements, showing the intricacy of silk production and its artistic heritage, including royal robes and dance costumes. It touches on films with his silks such as The King and I, reveals his house and its art, and reflects on a life that ended abruptly with his mysterious disappearance.


"Thank you so much for a truly first class talk ... we felt so enriched by your presentation" South West London NADFAS

"Thank you for a most fascinating lecture ... it was greatly enjoyed by everyone" Halifax Decorative Arts Society

Top of Page
expbul1a.gif - 1kb