THE RITE OF SPRING

Jim Thompson, the company and the Ballet Russes have a surprising historical link that is as exciting as a pas de deux from Stravinsky’s Firebird and as exotic as the costumes worn in a Balanchine ballet. The connection starts in Paris with a young American who stumbled across a book of costumes designed for the Ballets Russes by the famous Leon Bakst. This same American while working in New York as an architect followed his passion for contemporary ballet and costumes by becoming a director of the Monte Carlo Ballet Company, an offshoot of the Ballets Russes which made its permanent home in New York. However, with the outbreak of World War II fate would lead Jim Thompson far from New York City and ballet world. In the military service he was transported to Bangkok and exotic new surroundings. Just as the book by Bakst had raised his interests in costumes, Thailand opened his mind to an even broader spectrum of fashion, design and art.

Ironically, this interest would ultimately find its way back to the New York stage in the form of magnificent costumes created from Thai silk after Jim Thompson returned a few years later to show off his wondrous textiles to designers and fashion editors.

   

Returning to Thailand after the war, Jim Thompson had been immediately taken with intrinsic beauty of the local silk which was handwoven in bright colors and magnificently patterned using traditional ikat techniques. He especially appreciated Thai silk’s unique feel- what he called “humps and bumps” that made Thai silk different from the varieties from Europe and China.

Just as the Ballet Russes was a contemporary movement that sought to entertain and delight the pubic in new and daring ways, the Jim Thompson “Rite of Spring” Collection for 2011 will entertain the eye with daring new designs and textures. With this collection the traditional has taken a dramatic leap forward without loosing any of the characteristics that make Jim Thompson silk so unique. The curtain is up on this collection, and these remarkable textiles will certainly merit a standing ovation.

   
DAPHNIS
3419/01-02
100%Silk
2 colorways
Handwoven
Width: 137cm/54”

In the beginning of the 20th century the Ballets Russes fascinated Europeans with grand contemporary performances that were the result of exciting collaborations between choreographers, dancers and set designers. Jim Thompson’s Daphnis represents an equally grand collaboration between the richness of Thai silk and the grandeur of an ikat horizontal stripe that has been magnified to theatrical proportions. Bold and modern in concept, Daphnis comes in two colorways which will add dynamic style wherever it is found.
   
FELICITA
3420/01-06
100%Silk
6 colorways
Handwoven
Width: 139cm/55”

A fanciful silk fabric in which a traditional ikat diamond pattern has been reinvented in a light and airy way. Available in six different colors, the small warp-printed motif in bright spring colors dances across a fresh white silk background.
   
CHLOE
3421/01-06
100%Silk
6 colorways
Handwoven
Width: 137cm/54”

An elegant ikat geometric stripe that comes in six different color combinations. Like with all ikat designs, to create this ikat pattern the silk threads must be hand-dyed before the textile is woven, an age-old, labor-intensive process that sets it apart from all other types of patterning.
   
PARADE
3422/01-16
80%Silk – 20%Rayon
16 colorways
Martindale 20,000 rubs
Handwoven
Width: 137cm/54”

This classic fabric has all the beauty of the much-loved Jim Thompson handwoven six-ply silk, but has a mixture of yarn rendering the fabric more durable. With an almost inexhaustible range of 16 colors to choose from, this easy to use fabric can go on Parade anywhere and anytime.
   
LANNA
3423/01-20
100%Silk
19 colorways
Handwoven
Width: 137cm/54”

Jim Thompson’s classic fabric Lanna comes in 19 new rich and elegant colors. The lustre of this finely handwoven silk is rivaled by none.
   
APOLLON
3408/01-07
67%Rayon – 25%Cotton – 8%Nylon
7 colorways,
Martindale 83,000 rubs
Width: 137cm/54”

Apollo was the god of the muses inspiring creativity, and this graphic velvet Greek key design which comes in six classic colorways is truly a creative way to revive the past in a new contemporary way. Bold velvet colors to make a statement for upholstery.
   
RAJAH
3407/01-07
67%Rayon – 25%Cotton – 8%Nylon
7 colorways
Martindale 36,000 rubs
Width: 139cm/55”

If a demanding Oriental ruler ordered the perfect, sumptuous velvet it would be Rajah. With richness of texture fit for a king, this miniature checkerboard patterned velvet comes in seven pleasing colors that would give any décor a regal feeling.
   
NYMPH
3416/01-04
100%Silk
4 colorways
3415/01-04
57%Silk – 43%Cotton
4 colorways
Width: 142cm/56”

In classical Greece the Nymphs were free spirits who loved to dance and sing. The rich texture of this silk jacquard gives it a three dimensional appearance. While inspired by traditional damask designs, through use of scale and color the pattern has a bold and contemporary feel.
   
ZEPHIRE
3412/01
85%Linen – 15%Rayon
1 colorways
Width: 139cm/55”

A Japanese-influenced floral pattern embroidered on a natural linen ground. This textile represents a successful fusion between east and west – a rustic linen background merged with an Asian motif.
   
ALHAMBRA
3413/01-05
75%Cotton – 25%Polyester
5 colorways
Martindale above 100,000 rubs
Width: 137cm/54”

Velvety to the touch, the stylized pattern of this arabesque design recalls the Moorish influence in Spain. Classic patterns of this type found an enduring home in Thailand to be rediscovered by Jim Thompson when he searched museums in order to revive traditional textile patterns. Alhambra is a wonderful adaptation of an intricate traditional design on a new Jim Thompson cotton velvet range.
   
AURORA
3406/01-17
100%Cotton
17 colorways
Martindale 73,000 rubs
Width: 139cm/55”

The Greek goddess of dawn would certainly be pleased with this plain cotton velvet. When the early morning sunlight shines on any of the 17 different colorways there will be much to celebrate about this first Jim Thompson cotton velvet range that is so suitable for any type of interior.
   
GISELLE
3409/01-09
30%Silk – 46%Rayon - 24%Cotton
9 colorways
Width: 142cm/56”

The small motif design of this silk mix dances up to meet your eye with just as much movement as Giselle rushing across the ballet stage. The contrast of the matte and shine of the yarns gives this elegant fabric a real stage presence.
   
SULTANA
3410/01-07
40%Cotton – 56%Rayon – 4%Polyester
7 colorways
Martindale 23,000 rubs
Width: 135cm/53”

This small-scale chenille fabric brings to mind small arabesque tiles and enduring classic mosaics. This is an upholstery fabric that works anywhere and everywhere and will give character to a setting. Here subtle elegance is created through geometric shapes.
   
FIREBIRD
3411/01-08
60%Cotton – 40%Rayon
8 colorways
Martindale 20,000 rubs
Width: 139cm/55”

This modern textile with its tiny diamond drop pattern will definitely set your imagination on fire with all the possibilities it offers. This fabric glows like the wings of the Firebird and is suitable for curtains and upholstery.
   
ROMEO
3417/01-06
55%Silk – 45%Linen
6 colorways
Width: 142cm/56”

 

   
JULIET
3418/01-07
62%Rayon – 38%Silk
7 colorways
Width: 142cm/56”

TINNART NISALAK
Design Director, Jim Thompson

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