I thought you might like to join me in a little centre of fabric heaven - Warorot Market in Chiang Mai, where I bought several of the hemp runners that I wrote about a few days ago.
This little shop has a great selection of hemp cloth, ranging from rough, undyed rolls to beautiful batik printed lengths.
Yesterday when we dropped by, the sister of the owner - known as 'Auntie' was paying a visit. She was sitting at the front of the store, winding hemp in the age old fashion, on a wheel that had clearly been round a few times.
Auntie lives up in the hills of Mae Hong San, a good day's journey away by bus,
close to her hill tribe roots.
Hard to believe that the rough looking 'twine' can produce such interesting fabrics.
Rolls of undyed and dyed hemp cloth
Auntie winding hemp
A glimpse of the treasures stacked in store.
The young man on the right is Nuek, the helpful son of the owner.