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Johnnie F.

The Jim Thompson Farm is open daily from Saturday 18 December 2010 through Sunday 9 January 2011, from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.

In 1988, to ensure a steady and reliable supply of raw materials for silk production, the Thai Silk Company decided to invest in its own mulberry plantation and silkworm egg production center. Situated in the Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, the project area initially covered 600 rai (about 96 hectares/237 acres).

The Jim Thompson Farm was opened to the public for the first time in 2001 and has since evolved into one of Isan's most popular agrotourism and ecotourism attractions. It is open to visitors once a year during the peak of the cool season.

The tours provides a unique opportunity for visitors to observe up close and personal the full life cycle of the silkworms and the silk farming process as part of the Isan way of life. Other highlights include a tour of the vegetable plots and ornamental plant nursery. A great variety of delicious fresh fruits and organically-grown vegetables come into season at this time of year. In addition to cut flowers and ornamental plants, a selection of fresh, high quality, organic vegetables and fruits and wholesome farm-made snack foods are also available on sale at the farm.

Date: 18 December 2010 - 9 January 2011.
Venue: Nakhon Ratchasima province's Pak Thong Chai district.

Source: Jim Thompson Farm.


Their website: http://www.jimthompson.com/farm/english/farm_tour.asp

Leaflet from two years ago:

Johnnie F.

Art on Farm

Jim Thompson Farm is holding the ''Art on Farm'' festival, showcasing artworks produced from natural and recycled materials by 11 artists at its premises in Nakhon Ratchasima from Dec 18 until Jan 9. The festival is open daily from 9am-5pm.

The ‘‘Art of Farm’’ festival showcases various artworks and an open-air screening of numerous films concerning Isan culture at Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima from Dec 18 until Jan 9.

The site-specific, eco-friendly art project is part of the Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2010 which focuses on agriculture, sericulture (silk production) and Isan architecture and culture.

Piloted last year to an overwhelming response from more than 80,000 visitors, the project aims to create and develop artistic projects that will attract the public's attention and promote a better understanding of art.

Using the unique environment, ecology and sericulture of Jim Thompson Farm, the project encourages creativity through an emphasis on workshops and other activities held by artists to stimulate imagination and creativity.

On exhibition at various sites across the farm including the Cosmos Field, the Sunflower Field, Isan Village and the Silk Studios are sculptures, installations, sound installations, videos, photography and books which reflect multi-faceted perspectives on contemporary issues through diverse stories, from oral tradition to the mainstream media.

The works are the result of the artist residency programme, which invited 11 artists to research and study the Isan way of life, culture and ecology systems at the Jim Thompson Farm and nearby factory.

The artists spent more than six months on the project before starting to create their art, which reflects stories of Isan nature, culture and history.

The participating artists include Pratchaya Phinthong, Montri Toemsombat, Disorn Doungdow, Kornkrit Jianpinidnan, Worathep Akkabootara, Santiphap Inkong-ngam, Imhathai Suwatthanasilp, Pitt Martliem, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Dr Nattinee Kanjanaporn and Dr Apiradee Kasemsuk.

Also running as part of the ''Art on Farm'' project is Thailand's first-ever ''Isan Film Festival'', which offers a combination of educational and entertainment programmes.

This one-of-a-kind festival aims to provide viewers with an in-depth understanding of Isan culture through selected films created from the viewpoints of both professional and amateur filmmakers and representing various levels of Isan society.

The movies include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a short film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; Thong Pan, directed by Paijong Laisakul and scripted by Kamsing Srinok; Kru Ban Nok by Surasi Phatham; Kon Fai Bin by Chalerm Wongpim and Crying Tiger by Santi Taepanich.

There are also short films and video works by familiar names such as Wichanon Somunjarn, Krissakorn Thintapthai, Jakrawal Nilthamrong, Pattanapong Chatukate and Boonsong Nakpoo, as well as students from Pak Thong Chai district and other Northeastern areas.

Jim Thompson Farm is located in Takob sub-district, Pak Thong Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province. Entrance fee is 80 baht (50 baht for children). For more information, contact Jim Thompson Art Centre on 02-612-6741 or email [email protected].

Johnnie F.

Flowers, art a cool time & on the farm

For a limited time in the cool season, the Jim Thompson Farm opens its gates for eco-cultural tours

The vast and unobstructed bright blue sky provides a vivid background to the lush greenery and multicoloured patches of fruits, flowers and farm products at Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Thong Chai district. The farm is opened to visitors for a few weeks each winter.

This holiday season, tours of the farm began on Dec 18.

The farm is in full bloom in December and January and this is also the most pleasant time to enjoy the outdoors in Isan.

Cool crisp breezes fill your lungs as you ride the colourful shuttle around the farm, appreciating nature and learning something about farming on the way.

The Jim Thompson Farm dates back to 1988, initially operating as a commercial producer of silkworm eggs. A silk-weaving factory was added later.

In 2001, the farm was inaugurated as a cool-season eco-tourism attraction to welcome those with a passion for agriculture in a toxin-free environment.

Various attractions aimed at preserving and showcasing Isan's cultural heritage came next _ Isan Village in 2007, Korat Village in 2008, and Art Centre on the Farm last year. This year brought the first Isan Film Festival.

However, most visitors are attracted by the agricultural experience and tranquility of the setting. The farm is spread across more than 600 rai and tucked in the middle of majestic mountains.

The farm tour is divided into four stops, each offering a unique attraction. Visitors make the rounds on the free shuttles, all equipped with a knowledgeable tour guide.

The first stop is the Hanging Garden, where flowers, fruits and vegetables are grown on rooftops using hydroponic techniques. The produce is all organically grown, and it's on sale at the market near the exit.

The shuttle's next stop invariably brings out the cameras as it is one of the most picturesque spots on the farm. Here big, bright yellow sunflowers offer a cheery greeting to cool-season tourists. Unfortunately, when we made the trip earlier this month, the sunflowers had not yet blossomed due to the heavy rains and flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima last month. It is expected that they will be in full bloom this weekend. The pumpkins are on schedule this year, and a large number have been arrayed on haystacks like works of art. Some are gigantic _ twice as big as your head _ while some are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

Also at the second stop, visitors can wander around the Art Centre on Farm project, and join workshops hosted by noted artists. The initiative invites artists to work in the farm's natural surroundings and use local and recycled materials when creating their works.

A display called "Garden is not a garden" by Disorn Doungdow blends artworks into a field of flowers so skillfully that at first they might be mistaken for parts of the natural environment.

A more eye-catching work of art is the display by Nattinee Kanjanaporn and Apiradee Kasemsuk, both architects, lecturers and co-founders of a research and design project known as Speak.

In an exhibit called "Farm traces", the two have created designs from discarded materials from the farm and silk-weaving factory, such as strips of cloth and plastic rolls for the silk thread.

The third stop is Isan Village, which is the venue for the launch of the Isan Film Festival, staged by the Jim Thompson Art Centre on Farm. The festival brings together selected films about Isan natives, some of whom have now taken up residence abroad. It is a fascinating glimpse into a lifestyle and worldview that is for the most part neglected in the mainstream media.

The films will be screened until Jan 9, 2011, at Isan Village.

As the name suggests, Isan Village is all about traditional life and architecture in the Northeast. It also features shows on organic rice cultivation, silk making and the production of traditional musical instruments and other crafts. This stop is also home to friendly water buffalo roaming around the paddy fields.

The shuttle makes its last stop at the impressively decorated flower gardens and Jim Thompson Market, where internally-produced farm goods are sold. This stop also offers shows on the production of silk fabrics and mulberry tea. As their purchases are wrapped and bagged, visitors bid farewell to this unique farm that only opens its gates to the outside world when the cool winds blow.

Tours of the Jim Thompson Farm will be held every day until Jan 9, 2011, from 9am to 5pm. Admission is 50 baht for children and 80 baht for adults. For more information, call 02-762-2566 or visit www.jimthompsonfarm.com.

Bangkok Post


All the fun of the farm

Already well known for combining local agricultural practices with a living showcase of the traditional arts and culture of the Northeast, Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima opens its gates this weekend to welcome tour parties and day-trippers for a three-week period.
Apart from the chance to see how animals and crops are raised and buy fresh produce, the Isan-lifestyle aspect of the farm has been expanded with a "Korat Village", comprising seven different types of Korat-style house scattered across a 50-rai plot of land.

Phahonchai Premjai, the architect who designed the farm, noted that when it first opened 14 years ago it was a small but sustainable project occupying only 10 rai of land.

An "Isan Village", representing various types of domicile found in the northeastern region, was originally erected on the site, he said, plus two structures meant for religious purposes and a few simple huts. Over time some of the buildings have had to be modified to make them more durable, Phahonchai explained. After doing research and consulting closely with experts, some materials were changed so that the structures would last longer but still retain their traditional Isan features.

Other sights to see here include an exhibition on the techniques for making silk _ the signature Jim Thompson product _ plus demonstrations of manual rice-husking, the making of wooden toys, traditional engraving on bai larn (thick paper hand-made from palm leaves) and other traditional crafts. And two special events this year, "Art on the Farm" and an Isan food festival, should add extra colour to your visit.
Located in Pak Thong Chai district, the farm will be open for tours from this Saturday to January 8; daily, from 9am to 5pm. Call 02-762-2566 or 044-373-116 or visit www.jimthompsonfarm.com.

Bangkok Post
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Johnnie F.

This year's art crop

The Jim Thompson Farm's harvest of clever creations is smaller this year - but richer in flavour

The winter wind has a habit of blowing me all the way to the Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima, but I'm always grateful. The annual farm tours are an education in both organic agriculture and how to make art in a pasture.

It's wonderful to get back to Isaan culture among the traditional architecture that's unique to Korat. The Thompson Farm is like an open-air museum with 3,000 rai to roam. This art museum, of course, also offers a chance to pick your own vegetables.

The flowers spread out as far as you can see, begging to be photographed, and there's live music to enjoy, spicy food and demonstrations of time-honoured skills like carving.

In the midst of all this, the artwork is set out hither and yon for visitors to hunt down and discover in unusual settings, like the edge of a rice paddy or inside an old house or an abandoned silk warehouse.

Along the way you learn the history of silk-making in Thailand, as championed by the long-lost American Jim Thompson. This is one of his old farms.

The theme this year is "Locally Isaan", and you do start to feel like a local as you ride the tour bus or walk around the site. The guide points out a field of yellowing hemp, which is called por tueng and is grown to add minerals to the soil.

Sunflowers vie for camera attention with the pumpkin patch - everyone wants their picture taken perched on monster orange gourd.

In this giant impressionist painting, resident architect Phaholchai Premjai has placed sculpted "umbrellas" made of straw recycled from the baskets in which the silkworms grew in their cocoons.

I only just noticed Disorn Doungdao's installation "Garden is not a Garden", which was one of my favourite artworks here last year. It's a platform of wood on which weavers once worked their magic, incorporated into bronze and copper elements.

Disorn produced a perennial "temporary aesthetic" that's quite beautiful. He planted flowers around his weaver's dais and, naturally enough, they'll soon be dead, yet the "garden" that contained them will remain. "When the flowers are all gone, my garden will really reveal its beauty," he says. Over the past year, the bronze has oxidised and is now as green as new bamboo.

The old wooden house on the property contains no art like it did last year, but the structure warrants admiration anyway, erected completely without nails.

In fact this year's Art on the Farm event proffers only five pieces this winter, half the number of last year, but as they say, less is more. Absent are the kind of avant-garde conceptual pieces that must have baffled visitors, replaced by more accessible ideas.

The "hunt" begins at the Isaan Village, a 10-rai area that's home to the artist-in-residence and at least 15 traditional houses waiting to be explored.

In the rice field out front, three buffalo loiter between assignments, keeping an eye on three other buffalo that don't seem to be moving at all. Sittikorn Khawsa-ad built them out of recycled wood and woven bamboo and gave them a coat of clay and cloth. "Far as Near, Everyday Experience" is an impressive monument to the son of Isaan farmers who has never grown rice himself.

"When I visited the Thompson Farm and saw the rice field, I remembered thinking how hard my parents worked," says the 25-year-old Roi Et native. "Those feelings really came through when I was creating this sculpture here in the field, with my feet in the mud and my back to the sun."

His three buffalo seem to be him and his parents. Two are clearly older, their bone structure visible beneath their "skin". He planted rice on their backs in homage to the parents' gift of fertilising their children's knowledge.

Childhood memories also inform "Playful Isaan", an interactive work by Adisak Phupa from Yasothon. He's mounted 100 colourfully dressed puppets on poles along a walkway. You pull their string to make them dance - or in some cases strike a decidedly erotic pose.

For 35-year-old Adisak, a lecturer at Mahasarakham University, they bring to mind the bawdy puppet shows that occasionally still feature in the annual rocket festivals of the Northeast.

"I loved to play with these puppets when I was young but they're hard to find now," he says. "Then last year I found an old master making them, so I did some research."

The farmers' rocket festivals precede the rainy season and appeal to the spirits for ample downpours. The puppets' lurid behaviour symbolises fertility.

Rachaporn Choochuey and her team from the architecture firm All (zone) have set up a dozen bamboo chairs in the quiet bamboo garden, with multihued see-through fabric flowing between the trees in lieu of walls, typical of the firm's environment-oriented constructions.

This is "Act Naturally", inspired by the Isaan paper garland known as the mahot that's used in Buddhist rites. The fabric is the same as that used for wrapping sacred trees. Rachaporn, who was born in Bangkok, is defining a temporary "place" for dining, complete with coloured lights that naturally draw people.

The lake on the property has an Isaan sim in the middle, a typically northeastern chapel with a corridor that's lined with paintings of the local lifestyle and the century-old Buddha statues inside, all done by Montree Mougkum of Khon Kaen.

Across the lake, behind a black curtain, is a dark room set up by Songwit Pimpakun. He's recounted the local story called "Sunsipacha" about a hero of the Buddha's time named Sunsilpacha or Sinchai.

Songwit, who hails from Ubon Ratchatani, shares the tale through mixed media and videos while mor lam music resonates through the curtains. The characters appear in blacklight, bringing the old wisdom from past to present.


<< The Jim Thompson Farm is in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Thongchai district, It's open daily from 9 to 5 until |January 8.

<< Admission is Bt100 (Bt70 for children).

<< Learn more at (02) 762 2566 or www.JimThompsonFarm.com.

The Nation

Johnnie F.

Our Pak Thong Chai correspondent "Saf" has posted on another thread that Jim Thompson Farm is open again for about the next three weeks.

Baby Farts

I love that place.  I'm definitely going to check it out this year.


Quote from: Johnnie F. on December 19, 2012, 09:21:31 PM
Our Pak Thong Chai correspondent "Saf" has posted on another thread that Jim Thompson Farm is open again for about the next three weeks.

I think that he also wrote that Mrs. saf's succulent pork and chicken steaks with her own recipe sauce are available there. Also, Giuliano, who built the Top cafe oven, has his own oven at the Farm and is serving his Italian style pizzas. It's worth the trip just for the food.

Johnnie F.

Quote from: Saf on December 19, 2012, 09:44:00 PM
he also wrote that Mrs. saf's succulent pork and chicken steaks with her own recipe sauce are available there.

Also for the next three weeks only? :uhm


Quote from: Johnnie F. on December 19, 2012, 10:46:47 PM
Also for the next three weeks only? :uhm

While the farm is open. After that, and during, at Top Cafe.  ;D


We were out at the farm yesterday and I took some pics, for my blog. See here:


This is my favourite pic. of the day - my personal transport and driver. Sometimes, it's not what you know .......


nice blog saf, they obviously took some time with the flower stall, looks good

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Johnnie F.

Quote from: Johnnie F. on December 19, 2012, 09:21:31 PM
Our Pak Thong Chai correspondent "Saf" has posted on another thread that Jim Thompson Farm is open again for about the next three weeks.

Precisely, this season it is still open until January 13, 2013.

Johnnie F.

Folk music

Fresh crop of mor lam

Phatarawadee Phataranawik
The Nation
Pak Thongchai, Nakorn Ratchasima January 4, 2013 1:00 am

CHAWEEWAN Dumnern the mor lam queen performs for students participating in Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson Farm harvests student and artist talent to invigorate the music of Isaan
The Jim Thompson Farm in Korat is resonating with exhilarating mor lam music until January 13 for the annual agriculture-and-art tour. In fact the culture of the Northeast has come to dominate the proceedings, easing aside the conceptual art of previous years.

"Sudsanan Dan Isaan" ("Terminally Happy in the Land of Isaan") is the theme, and the focus is on the gentle, lilting fun of mor lam and the local wisdom and architecture it joins as part of the regional heritage.

The Jim Thompson silk firm has for years been restoring Korat-style houses at its farm and has recently begun embracing the folk music, complete with mor lam contests. The one last month drew participants from more than 20 schools in the Northeast with Bt500,000 worth of prizes.

Chaweewan Dumnern, Thailand's queen of mor lam and a National Artist in the performing arts, led a panel of judges and performed for the students along with Banyen Rakkaen, the country's hottest mor lam star.

Chutima Dumsuwan of Jim Thompson says the farm has the young generation in mind when it sets out plans for conserving northeastern culture. The Jim Thompson Farm Sud Sanan Dan Isaan music competition borrows the term sud sanan from khaen players, she says. The bamboo reed-pipe uses a melodic line by that name - sud means "terminating" and sanan "distress", so it conveys an end to all troubles and sorrows.

Jim Thompson also plans to open a mor lam museum soon, but in the meantime, the annual Art on the Farm fathering is dedicated to the folk music, and art plays its usual edifying role.

There's a new Hor Tri - a traditional Isaan tripitaka house - where Australian musicologist John Garzoli and Thailand's Tiger Dragon Produc-tions have installed "Lai Sudsanan: Khaen". Dozens of the instruments hang from the ceiling, while portraits of the most venerated mor lam players line the walls. A television set carries a 12-minute documentary in which the masters perform and are interviewed.

Channachai Ketsrirat's installation "Sustainable Living" celebrates how people in Isaan can turn any household item into a musical instrument. Out in a rice field on the farm he's coiled steel into a huge sai - a bamboo fish trap - and decorated it with a colourful silk fringe.

Intanong Chinnawong's giant sculpture "Extreme" catches the rhythm of a man using a fishing net woven from bamboo. And Jaruwan Muangkhoa's "Wear Mask of the Water Ghost; Make Merit for Cows and Buffalo" evokes the region's famous spirit festival, Phi Khon Nam, and its ceremony in which farmers beg their buffalo to forgive them for inflicting such hard labour.

Prin Tanunchaibutra's "Home" sculptures - made with silk, bamboo, straw and discarded cocoons - were inspired by the form and shape of Isaan's tung flags, seen at religious and cultural ceremonies like Bun koon-larn.

And Watanya Siriwan's "Lanna Looking at Isaan" relates how local people pass on traditional beliefs through murals painted in temples' sim (ordination) halls.


Join an Art on the Farm tour anytime until January 13, daily from 9am to 5pm.

Tickets on weekdays cost Bt120 (Bt80 for children) and on weekends Bt140 (Bt100 for children).

Find out more at (02) 762 2566 or (085) 660 7336 or www.JimThompsonFarm.com.

The Nation

Johnnie F.

Scenic Views with Authentic Isan Culture, Thailand's Biggest Pumpkin, and the Refreshing Exhibition on Isan's Textile by Young Generations

Jim Thompson Far, a destination of agricultural-cum-cultural knowledge that aims to reflect and preserve the traditional culture and legacy of 'Isan' folks in Pak Thong Chai District of NakhonRatchasima, is now ready for 2013's farm tour under the concept of "Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2013: On Son Lai, LaaiPhaIsan". At Jim Thompson Farm,visitors can witness breathtaking views that are perfectly blended with authentic Isan's way of life, the biggest pumpkin in Thailand and they will have a great opportunity to shop Jim Thompson' items or agricultural goods. Besides these activities, a special highlight called "On Son Lai, LaaiPhaIsan Exhibition" will be hosted to present reinterpretations of 11 Isan woven textiles by students from 8 universities and local weavers in Isan region.

Both natural beauty and local culture are reflected in Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2013 : On Son Lai, LaaiPhaIsan through various activities in the farm and 5 key attractions with each own uniqueness. All 5 main attractions are:

Field of Cosmos and "U-Pick" Organic Vegetables Garden

At Jim Thompson Farm this year, visitors will be greeted by a flowering field of pink cosmos on an expansive area of more than 50 rai. Here, visitors can also walk along the U-Pick Garden to simply see a variety of organic vegetables or even pick fresh vegetables from the plots if they want to take them home.

Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2012

Pumpkin Patch and Colorful Flower Garden

The second stop lets visitors appreciate works of art by various artists of the Art on Farm project in natural surroundings of Phrayaprab Hills and Lam Sam Lai Reservoir. And while a dazzling field of flowery plants makes a spectacular display of multicolored flowers in full bloom, visitors will also find the pumpkin yard a spellbinding photo opportunity with a 10 m. in diameter pumpkin as well as fancy pumpkins in unfamiliar shapes and more than 30 other pumpkin varieties.

Isan Village

Retrace KhunchaiRatchanon episode of the recent TV blockbuster SupapburusJuthathep by paying a visit to Isan Village, the shooting location for WelaHok Village featured in this episode. Visitors can closely experience Isan way of life, culture and traditions, such as 'Boon Koonlan', 'Boon Khaotok' and 'Boon Bungfai' merits, Rains Retreat candle making and 'Hong Hod Nam' ritual. At central pavilion, "On Son Lai, LaaiPhaIsan" exhibition features a showcase of Isan woven textiles creatively designed by students from 8 leading Thai universities and jointly produced by local weavers from all parts of Isan.

Jim Thompson Village

Visitors will be introduced to the distinctive silk production processes of the renowned Jim Thompson brand from start to end. They will learn the lifecycle of silkworm and how the little creature makes this natural fiber and also see the processes of silk reeling, yarn dyeing, silk weaving and fabric printing.

Jim Thompson Market

Jim Thompson Market is the place where visitors can buy vegetables, fruits, trees, pot flowers, fresh produce and processed products from Jim Thompson Farm, as well as silk fabrics and other products from the Jim Thompson brand.

Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2013 is now open for public from 14 December 2013 to 12 January 2014 at Jim Thompson Farm, Pak Thong Chai District, NakhonRatchasima Province. Visitors can purchase the tickets at farm, priced at 120 Baht for adults and 80 Baht for children (Weekday) and 140 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children (Weekend and 31 December 2013 until 1 January 2014). Visitors can get the special price from purchasing advanced tickets at Jim Thompson Shops Surawong, Siam Paragon, Central World and The Emporium), Jim Thompson House and Museum, Jim Thompson Outlet at Palio KhaoYai and Hor Kum Koon in Pak Thong Chai, NakhonRatchasima


For more information, please call 0-2762-2566, 08-5660-7336, 0-4437-3116 or visit www.jimthompsonfarm.com or www.facebook.com/JimThompsonFarm.

Source: JIM THOMPSON press release


Johnnie F.

A modern retelling of the cloth classics

An exhibition at the Jim Thompson Farm will showcase the collaboration between university students and local weavers

New creativity and age-old wisdom will find aesthetic balance next week, when the annual Jim Thompson Farm Tour in Pak Thong Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima, begins.

Silk is dyed with natural colours at Isan Village, Jim Thompson Farm.

The tour will feature an exhibition in which university students have re-interpreted textiles from 11 northeastern communities. The "On Son Lai, Laai Pha Isan" exhibit will be displayed at the central pavilion in Jim Thompson Farm's Isan Village.

Besides the farm's natural beauty, with its vast fields of pink cosmos flowers and other winter blooms, visitors will see the exquisite silk and cotton textiles students have adjusted or updated.

"The 'On Son Lai, Laai Pha Isan' project is the highlight of the Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2013," Chutima Dumsuwan, corporate communications director of Jim Thompson, said. "New textile patterns created by students from eight leading universities will be presented in order to preserve the roots and local identities of Isan's hand-woven textiles."

Students who joined the project attended on-site workshops with local weavers, during which they designed and produced textiles that combine motifs of different weaving communities.

"The students have gained experiences from working on-site. Some of them who had learned only from textbooks had the chance to touch and work with real textiles," Pornthip Soonthonnon, Jim Thompson's handloom weaving manager, said.

"Weaving masters had the opportunity to learn about the use of primary colours and other things. All the teams focus on environmental protection by using natural colours, which are trendy now."

Nattanan Boonyasit and Jintawat Nakpan, the team from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang's Faculty of Architecture, will show their textile design entitled "Drop In The Ocean", in which natural indigo colour is applied to a traditional brocade by the Pha Hol Boran Si Thammachat Ban Natang Group, in Surin province, with a focus on contemporary flow of lines and use of colours to attract the young generation.

Another team from the university, Atittaya Chit-arun and Hattaya Lattasaksiri, have designed, "Pha Mai Mad-mee Lai Look Kaew", in which ikat silk of Ban Mae Rabeab Village in Muang district, Surin, is simplified with the combination of graphic elements and pastel colours for a more modern look and feel.

Aleena Ittipaisan and Jenjira Luengwattana from the Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University, designed "Pha Fai Yom Kram" by Hattakam Puan Ban Wat That Prasit Center, Nawa district, Nakhon Phanom. This unconventional textile pattern of freeform shapes is inspired by the foam created during the process of mixing indigo dye powder with lime juice.

Sasipong Banrum and Mayuraporn To-ying from the Faculty of Architecture, Urban Design and Creative Arts, Mahasarakham University in Maha Sarakham, came up with, "Lai Barai Nam Jai Waeng" on "Pha Sin Tin Daeng" by Baan Waeng Group, Phutthaisong district, Buriram. The new pattern sends a symbolic message about the village's big swamp, which is surrounded by waeng grass, and the unity of the villagers. It combines two traditional motifs _ laikhor (hooks) and laidokkaew (orange jessamine).

Suparerk Muangtub and Kamolchanok Saensopa from Thammasat University created new lai hang karok patterns, which feature dimensional illusions. They applied optical art techniques to the traditional motifs of Pha Mai Laai Hang Karok from Bua Lai district, Nakhon Ratchasima. Krisada Nusanrum and Atittaya Pimpapien of the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design, Ubon Ratchathani University, will show, "Lai Mee Kled Tao Mongkol", inspired by tao pek, a symbolic tortoise of Mancha Khiri district, Khon Kaen, on natural-dyed ikat silk by Thor Pha Baan Nong Ya Plong Group.

Supaporn Samakom and Wipada Namrana of Ubon Ratchathani University, have designed "Khong Poon Moon Khram," on "Pha Mai Kab Bua" by Satree Sahakorn Baan Pa-ao Group, Muang district, Ubon Ratchathani.

The new pattern of various weaving techniques depicts a phenomenon in which two rivers of different colours join.

The team members from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Thammasat University, Rangsima Saengwanich and Acharaporn Sakdawongseri, used a gradient colour painting technique on patterns inspired by lush green mountains of the Khao Yai forest, on ikat silk by Thor Pha Baan Faek Group, Sida district, Nakhon Ratchasima.

Pundita Tantiwong and Jrumchai Singalavanij of the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, produced a modern version of "Pha Kit Mai" by Baan Pho Kham Group, Na Klang district, Nong Bua Lamphu. Their design depicts the water reflection of a colourfully lit temple fair and the display seen on an amplifier.

Kamolchanok Saensuk and Taweesak Jattuwan of Khon Kaen University's Faculty of Architecture, have designed ''Moon Mung Lam Kha Praewa Kalasin'', which portrays the religious beliefs, traditions, rituals, recreational activities and generosity of the Phu Thai people. Modern weaving techniques were also applied to produce a shimmering effect on ''Pha Mai Praewa'' by Thor Pha Baan Phon Group, Kham Muang district, Kalasin province.

According to Taweesak, praewa is the queen of Thai silk. It is very famous and valuable, and requires a complicated weaving process.

''Our question was how to create a new unique feature of praewa silk. Finally, we decided to use patterns on pha saew fabrics that combine all traditional and local patterns. We wanted to show Phu Thai art on fabric. The patterns depicting traditions being held at night glow in the dark,'' he said.

It took two months for the team, which was led by weaving master Prakhong Chanthamart, to complete its work, Prakhong said.

''Usually, weaving a sabai, [a shoulder-covering cloth] takes one-and-a-half months. When I saw the patterns designed by the students, I sweated because they looked different from our trapezoid-shaped motifs. Another difference was that their motifs were started with dark tones.''

The team from the Faculty of Textile Industries, Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep, Piyanuch Pipattanakul and Amornrat Kaewchaiyo, introduced a modernised pattern called the mae peng to the cotton textile, ''Pha Fai Lai Khai Mod Daeng'', from Nong Bua Daeng district, Chaiyaphum province. They focused on the use of traditional, natural colours combined with fancy threads to give the depiction of red ants' eggs a more interesting shine.

''Our original 'Lai Khai Mod Daeng' pattern was inspired by the shape of ants' eggs. The students asked me why we created only those motifs, not those of red ant queens,'' Anunya Khaononkok, a representative of Wisahakit Chumchon Thor Pha Yom Si Thammachat Nong Bua Daeng Group, said.

According to Anunya, the new pattern is not too difficult to weave, but is very small and delicate. The weavers had to tie-dye 25-30 hanks of thread, which is much more than usual, and they feared colour absorption.

''I think I will include the mae peng motif in our production line because it is beautiful,'' Anunya said. ''The 'On Son Lai, Laai Pha Isan' project has brought the villagers and the younger generations together. ''It certainly generates a new set of knowledge in terms of culture and design. Working processes and ideas were also exchanged between the students and villagers. Most importantly, the villagers can later use the students' creations for their commercial productions, which will generate sustainable incomes for the communities in the future.''

The Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2013 will run from Dec 14-Jan 12 at Jim Thompson Farm, Pak Thong Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima.
Tickets are available at the farm (120 baht for adults, 80 baht for children on weekdays; 140 baht for adults, 100 baht for children on weekends and on Dec 31-Jan 1).
Visit www.jimthompsonfarm.com or www.facebook.com/JimThompsonFarm or call 02-762-2566, 085-660-7336 or 044-373-116.

Northeastern villagers and 11 teams from eight leading universities design and produce hand-woven textiles.

Bangkok Post


We made our second annual visit to Jim Thompson Farms yesterday.  Each year they manage to change a few things here and there, add a few exhibits and generally freshen up the experience, and this year was no exception.

While it does not have the glamor or excitement of Disneyland, it is an enjoyable visit.  Spent a great deal of time wandering around the many flower beds, and learning how silk is created, including observing and touching silk worms, and trying my hand at a loom.

As before, a visit would not be complete without lunch seated on the hay bails and a bazillon photos taken.

And while I suppose it could be a bit boring for the younger children, when traveling with my extended family consisting of adult nieces and sister-in-law, the day provided its usual over abundance of laughter and good humor.

We finished up the day with a visit to the annual Korat Silk Market. 

P.S.  I attempted to add a couple of photos but that seemed to be a bit beyond my technical capabilities.  ()



The Jim Thompson Farm is open daily from Saturday 13 December 2014 through Sunday 11 January 2015
from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm.

In 1988, to ensure a steady and reliable supply of raw materials for silk production, the Thai Silk Company decided to invest in its own mulberry plantation and silkworm egg production center. Situated in the Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, the project area initially covered 600 rai (about 96 hectares/237 acres). This silk farming, or sericulture, which focuses primarily on the rearing of hybrid silkworms and the cultivation of top grade silkworm eggs to be sold to contract farmers, came to be known as the Jim Thompson Farm.

The Jim Thompson Farm was opened to the public for the first time in 2001 and has since evolved into one of Isan’s most popular agrotourism and ecotourism attractions. It is open to visitors only once a year during the peak of the cool season.

For more information, please contact 08-5660-7336
email: [email protected]
Contact Information:
Jim Thompson Farm
Tambol Takob, Amphur Pak Thong Chai,
Nakhon Ratchasima, (Korat) Province
E-mail: [email protected] or

Bangkok Office
Tel: 02-762-2566 and 085-660-7336
Pak Thong Chai Farm
Tel: 044-373-116

(Monday to Saturday,08.00 am â€" 05.00 pm) (Thai language only)

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In the Spirit of Isaan

Jim Thompson Farm reopens on Saturday for five weeks of rustic beauty

The Thai winter is now officially here and once again Jim Thompson Farm is celebrating by throwing open its gates to the country's most popular ecotourism attractions. This year's Farm Tour, on the theme "Mang Moon Boon Khao", gets underway on Saturday and honours the Isaan rice culture.

Popular with city dwellers looking to get out of Bangkok for the weekend, the annual visit to Pak Thong Chai district offers a wonderful opportunity to commune with nature. Along with beautiful scenery, it features orchards, mulberry plantations, fields of flowers, nurseries, hydroponic vegetable production and an education in how rice is interwoven with the people of Isaan.


< Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2015: Mang Moon Boon Khao runs from Saturday through January 10. Tickets are Bt50 (Bt100/child) on weekdays, Bt80 (Bt35/child) on weekends and Bt280 (Bt220/child) over the New Year holiday.

< Visit www.JimThompsonFarm.com or the Jim Thompson Farm Tour page on Facebook.

More on JimThompsonFarm: The nation
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Just a reminder last chance at the Jim Thompson Farm Tour in Nakhon Ratchasima this weekend
The annual Jim Thompson Farm Tour ends this Sunday

Fertile merit-making

The ongoing Jim Thompson Farm tour in Nakhon Ratchasima is a great chance to witness and understand Isan rice ceremonies

The bungfai parade.

It is rare to be able to witness several major rituals at one place in one day. Fortunately, the ongoing Jim Thompson Farm tour in Nakhon Ratchasima makes it possible by simulating six rice-related ceremonies of northeastern people under the concept of "Mang Moon Bun Khao". In Isan dialect, "Mang Moon Bun Khao" reflects cultural diversity and fertility of the rice culture in the Northeast, or Isan. It reflects the close ties between rice and the local way of life, as seen in the "Heet Sibsong", or a year-long series of merit-making traditions and beliefs.

The annual Jim Thompson Farm Tour ends this Sunday. Admission fees are 180 baht per head for adults and 135 baht for children on weekdays, 220 baht for adults and 180 baht for children on weekends. Buy tickets at the farm or visit www.thaiticketmajor.com. Call the farm on 044-373-116.

More here: Bangkokpost
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Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2016, starts on 3 December 2016

Don't forget the Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2016, starts on 3 December 2016 and runs until 8 January 2017. For Isan agro cultural and lots more, scenic beauty of nature and traditional Isan way of life an culture.
For prices. thaiticketmajor.com

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Bit more info of whats on and what to do at the Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2016 from the Bangkokpost

Family fun at Jim Thompson Farm

It will be open to visitors from 9am-5pm daily, starting this Saturday to Jan 8 next year. Like every year, visitors can expect a complete entertainment package, filled with both leisure and educational activities at Jim Thompson Farm in Pak Thong Chai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province.

This year, the annual farm tour brings to light an activity themed "Kak-Ta-Ta!, Phrae-E-Pho!" ("The Miracle of Checked Loincloth") to broaden visitors' experience of phrae-e-pho, a multifunctional Thai loincloth that is inseparable from local Isan ways of life.

The tour will feature a selection of on-site attractions, including the landmark cosmos field, the giant pumpkin patch and the vibrant flower fields. Besides an education in Isan traditions and culture, visitors can also shop amid an exclusive selection of top-quality produce and souvenirs from the farm. A good time to catch up on your Christmas and New Year shopping.

Sprawled on 960,000m² or a 600 rai plot of land are the five featured attractions of The Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2016, including Field of Cosmos and "U-Pick" Organic Vegetable Garden, Pumpkin Patch and Colourful Flower Fields, Isan Village, Jim Village and Jim Market.

An agricultural tourist destination committed to sustainable conservation and Isan wisdom and heritage, visitors can expect to be entertained from the get-go as they first feast their eyes on an expanse of stunning pink cosmos.

At the entrance, "punta" loincloths are aligned in such a manner that they seem to usher visitors to go deeper into the farm. A short distance away, you get to pluck organic cherry tomatoes right from their U-Pick Garden. Refreshments can be purchased at the food court next door, before catching the shuttle car to the next stop.

You then descend on a panoramic view of the Phrayaprab Hills and Lam Samlai Reservoir. Photo opportunities arise as one sets their eyes on picturesque fields of radiant flowers in full bloom. This is made possible by the fact that over 5,000 rose shrubs, a sunflower field and more are housed here.

Photo enthusiasts take note: the maze of loincloths provides a 360-degree high-angle view of the flower fields. Another spot worth checking out is their magnificent fountain courtyard, dressed aptly with wind wheels of brightly coloured loincloths. The signature scene at the Jim Thompson Farm is a pumpkin patch corner which should not be missed.

There is also the Isan village to check out next, where people can try their hands at weaving. There will also be a unique loincloth castle, a regal structure wrapped in Thai loincloth in a golden rice field motif, and more.

At the Jim Village, visitors get to explore the unique silk production processes, from silk reeling and yarn dyeing to weaving and fabric printing. When you reach the Jim Market, the final stop, you get to pluck hydroponic vegetables and shop. There is a wide variety of farm related gifts: fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, potted plants, silk and cotton fabrics, Thai loincloths and many more items that will catch your eye.

Call 02-762-2566, 085-660-7336 or 044-373-116 or visit http://www.jimthompsonfarm.com

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more info & some pics from The Nation. about Down on the farm @ Jim Thompson Farm. it runs until 8 January 2017 for the winter blast, inviting Thais and foreigners to take in the beauty of nature and experience the Isaan way of life.

Down on the farm

Designed around the theme “Kak-Ta-Ta! Phrae E Pho” (“Amazing Loincloth”), this year’s Farm Tour aims to broaden visitors’ knowledge of the multifunctional pa kao ma through a series of fun and educational activities.

A pumpkin house is wrapped in orange loincloths.

And the pa kao ma in glorious new palettes inspired by golden rice paddies and the fields of flowers are everywhere on the farm, forming giant wind wheels and a home for giant pumpkins as part of renowned artist Navin Rawanchaikul’s multifaceted exhibition “Lost on the Farm” marking Jim Thompson’s 110th birthday.

“Kak ta ta signifies ‘amazing’ in English and phrae e pho is pa kao ma. This year we are highlighting the relationship between the Isaan people and the pa kao ma. Navin’s exhibition is a continuation of his 2006 show “Lost in the City” exhibition, which saw Jim Thompson returning home to Bangkok 40 years after his mysterious disappearance and his reactions to the very changed city. This year, Navin takes us on a new journey as he imagines Thompson visiting his farm in Pak Thong Chai district,” says Chutima Dumsuwan, the communication director of Jim Thompson.

The massive flower field is still a popular backdrop for photos.

The 600-rai farm is divided into five themed zones covering colourful flower fields, organic vegetable plantations, a wonderfully decorated pumpkin patch, a model Isaan-style village and a handicraft market. All are made for lingering and admiring the Isaan wisdom and enjoying a slower pace of life.

“We’ve introduced a new kind of bloom and created a new garden by focusing on the loincloth’s functions. Our aim is to show how the people of Isaan interact with the pa kao ma from birth to death. It’s inseparable from the Isaan lifestyle,” says Phahonchai Premjai, architect and adviser to the Jim Thompson Farm.

“Navin and his team have created a new music-video version of the ‘Pa Kao Ma’ song by Surin Phaksiri as a complement to the exhibition.”

A pa kao ma castle is based on Pimai Historical Park.

A mini theatre at Ruen Na Auey house is screening the new music video version of the “Pa Kao Ma” song

A villager works at making yarn.

lots lots more here The Nation
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Jim Thompson Farm 3 Dec 2016 - YouTube

Jim Thompson Farm Tour 2017 opens December 2

There’s nothing like a few days out on the farm…

The annual Jim Thompson Farm Tour will run from December 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018 with a theme of “Rushing Water â€" Life Force of Isan”, which aims to help visitors discover the story of water and its significance in the region’s culture, traditions and ways of life while they enjoy the picturesque natural surroundings of Jim Thompson Farm.

Coinciding with the opening on December 2 is a day of walking, running and fun runs. A Half Marathon (21 km) will start at 5 a.m., a Mini Marathon (10 km) at 6 a.m., and a Fun Run (5 km) and Walk-Run (1.5 km) both get under way at 6.10 a.m.

The Jim Thompson Farm Tour is an agro and eco tourist attraction offering some unique Thai local experiences. Attractions and activities include the picturesque pink cosmos field, the giant pumpkin patch and colourful flower field, ‘Jim Village’ where visitors can have a go at the silk production processes of the renowned Jim Thompson brand, and ‘Jim Market’ for vegetables, fruit, pot flowers and fresh produce shopping.

Travel Tips

Located in Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima province, Jim Thompson Farm’s opening hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Farm Tour tickets are 150 Baht for adults and 100 Baht for children on weekdays and 180 Baht and 140 Baht respectively on weekends, if bought from Thaiticketmajor.

For tickets bought at Jim Thompson Farm the price is 180 Baht for adults and 130 Baht for children on weekdays, and 220 Baht and 160 Baht on weekends.

Ticket prices for the races on December 2 are 850 Baht for the Walk-Run, Fun Run or Mini Marathon and 950 Baht for the Half Marathon. This includes a Jim Thompson admission ticket, versatile fabric, running shirt, cloth bag and finisher shirt (exclusive for the Half Marathon).

For more information, please visit: www.jimthompsonfarm.com

The Nation

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Johnnie F.

Johnnie F.

Jim Thompson Farm in Pak Thong Chai district of Nakhon Ratchasima is once again opening its doors for the popular annual farm tour, which this year is on the theme of “Zap Nua Huamuan â€" Happy Flavours” to celebrate Isaan culinary delights.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful nature and experience authentic Isaan culture as they tour the farm. The expression “Zap Nua” means so pleasingly tasty and smooth that one will ‘Huamuan’ - burst into laughter and joy. With an array of delightful attractions and activities revolving around local food, visitors can learn Isaan culture beyond what keeps local tummies full, as the diet has deep-rooted, multidimensional correlations with local traditions, culture and the rural way of life.

Visitors will be visually greeted by a 50-rai field of pink cosmos displayed alongside a multicoloured garden of the fruits and vegetables intrinsic to Isan food culture. There is also an array of flowering and climbing edible plants, such as butterfly pea, gac fruit and ivy gourd. The art installations entitled “Breast Stupa Topiary Jim Thompson Farm” have been contributed by noted female artist Pinnaree Sanpitak to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful nature and experience authentic Isaan culture as they tour the farm. The expression “Zap Nua” means so pleasingly tasty and smooth that one will ‘Huamuan’ - burst into laughter and joy. With an array of delightful attractions and activities revolving around local food, visitors can learn Isaan culture beyond what keeps local tummies full, as the diet has deep-rooted, multidimensional correlations with local traditions, culture and the rural way of life.

Visitors will be visually greeted by a 50-rai field of pink cosmos displayed alongside a multicoloured garden of the fruits and vegetables intrinsic to Isan food culture. There is also an array of flowering and climbing edible plants, such as butterfly pea, gac fruit and ivy gourd. The art installations entitled “Breast Stupa Topiary Jim Thompson Farm” have been contributed by noted female artist Pinnaree Sanpitak to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Visitors can also admire various installations inspired by the Isaan eating culture of eating. One consists of images of colourful foods depicted on ‘huad’ or ‘muay’, a traditional bamboo steamer used by local people to cook sticky rice. The second is a garden of pickled fish jars, mats and ant eggs with a centrepiece of a gigantic pestle and mortar with a slide and a 360 high-angle view from the top.

At Isaan Village zone, a variety of activities around local foodstuffs and the Isaan way of life are available, showing how local people forage for the ingredients, the tools they use, their cooking style and food preservation techniques. A penta-colour castle of fruits and vegetables stands more than 14 meters high in the Village together with another installation “The Mats and The Pillows Jim Thompson Farm” by Pinnaree that is made from thread waste from Jim Thompson’s silk production.

The Nation

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