■ Weaver: Group of Female in Takbai district, Narathivas, South of Thailand
■ Among all handmade Thai fabric, “Pikul” of Tak Bai or known as best handmade Thai, comes up at first for THfabricTG team on huntting the story for sharing here.
■ Pikul was named to handmade Thai fabric as shape of the floral was inspired by the flower shape of the refered local tree
Pikul is one of the local plant that you can find it around this area, Takbi. This is the point that plant and fabric come to connect to each other. The floral name of handmade Thai fabric comes from the designation of the master or Thai fabric teacher from Pikul Learning Center, Narathivas, Thailand. Pikul was named for this designed floral as shape of the floral was inspired by the flower shape of the refered local tree, “Pikul” or Mimusops elengi. This Thai fabric master invented the floral pattern using version of the weaver, “Kee Kra Took” to weav and generate floral groups on this Thailand fabric more easier, faster and better.
Weaver tool, “Kee Kra Tuk” with 6 “Tra kor” or the Comb shape tool for selecting fabric ropes with 4 “Mai Yeap” or “Feet pushing sticks”
The technique of handwoven using 6 “Tra kor” or the Comb shape tool for selecting fabric ropes with 4 “Mai Yeap” or “Feet pushing sticks” which the weaver will push lekes on them at the same time while Tra kor (s) are moved for creating the right floral groups on any undergone fabric creation.
Pikul is based origin of all other 8 main patterns of Narathivas handmade fabrics
For “Pikul”, this floral or pattern is claimed as the origin floral design of all other 8 main patterns of Narathivas handmade fabrics. Those 8 patterns are created by applying more numbers of “Tra Kor” or “Mai Yeap” with new designs of the floral part.
THfabricTG team had occasion to visit the original place of this Thai fabric in Tak Bai, Narathivas, Thailand in May 2019. With unique style of how the weaver creates this Thai handmade fabric togather with beuaty of designed floral groups, “Known as best handmade Thailand fabric” is totally closed and suitted to be clamed.
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