The history of Thailand’s silk industry is a fascinating one. The man responsible for putting Thai silk on the map is Jim Thompson, who mysteriously disappeared one day in Malaysia, never to be seen again. His house is now a popular attraction and museum that stands as a testament to his architectural vision and his unique collection Asian antiquities and artworks.  

Jim Thompson was working for the US military when he was sent to Thailand, where he developed a fascination with the silk industry, setting up his own enterprise. By pioneering vibrant colors to create lavish and striking materials, he single-handedly saved Thailand’s silk industry.