Thailand is famous for its silk and various grades of quality and suppleness can be found from different silk-manufacturing regions, mostly in the north and northeast. There are many textile and fabric outlets on the island and one local speciality is batik. Many upscale resorts have onsite textile outlets and others are scattered around the island - mostly in Phuket Town.
Thai silk producers who are mainly based in the north and northeast of the country have a lot to be proud of as their silk product is pretty much well-known around the world. Thai silk is famous for its high quality, unique colours and patterns and it also plays a key role in sustaining the local economy.
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The Jim Thompson outlet in Central Festival is right next to Starbucks on the ground floor. It’s a spacious and well-lit air-conditioned shop with attractive window dressing and display arrangements. Exhibit cabinets are well spaced apart and the white tile floors add a further sense of room.
Most shoppers head straight for the ‘new arrivals’ section to the right of the main entrance where you’ll find textile shopping bags, leather wallets, silk scarves (this branch has countless silk scarves) ornamental rough silk toy elephants and handkerchiefs. The men’s silk shirt section could be more adventurous but you’re sure to find good office wear here and the occasional festive-looking colourful shirt for partying. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 9pm
- Location: 1st floor, Central Phuket Floresta, 199 Moo 4, Tambol Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 249 616
Ban Boran Textiles
There are 2 Ban Boran shops in downtown Phuket (‘Boran’ means ‘antique’ in Thai) – but they’re not related in any way except that both sell high-quality products. This shop sells silk and cotton clothing from tribal sources both from Thailand and nearby countries. Ban Boran does not have bargain basement prices but the quality is assured.
You’ll also find attractive sandals, bags, lacquerware boxes, lamps, tribal bracelets and pendants. Silk shirts with colours guaranteed not to run are good if not somewhat expensive buy. English is spoken here and although it’s a rather hot experience it’s definitely worth a visit to this landmark downtown Phuket Old Town shop.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 6pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: Phang Nga Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Right in the living and breathing heart of Phuket’s Old Town, Thalang Road has long been the place to shop for inexpensive Thai textiles in its many colourful shops. Here, you’ll find bolt after bolt of beautifully dyed cotton and rough silk at prices that will surprise you, they’re so cheap.
Shoppers looking for light curtain material or linings will find what they’re looking for here and many of the rolls can be cut to make homemade sarongs or saris. It’s the quintessential Phuket shopping experience because after you’ve finished you can stop in one of the roti shops for a snack and a relaxed cup of tea. Bargaining or bartering is accepted in these shops if you’re purchasing in quantity. Read More...
- Location: Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand