The Jim Thompson Illumination Collection, based on the rich weaving traditions of Southeast Asia and the crafting of hand woven Thai silk, also draws inspiration from other opulent cultures with long textile traditions. The name “Illumination” is used to describe ornate gilded and hand-painted medieval manuscripts made during the period when the European crusaders and traders first came in contact with the Middle East and Asia. Noble figures in the Illumination drawings are shown wearing rich Persian brocades and exotic silks with patterns and colors inspired by far off lands. In creating this Illumination Collection, Jim Thompson has made its own pilgrimage to the lands of the most outstanding textile creations, and has been inspired to merge Thai weaving skill with designs and patterns of foreign inspirations that will truly illuminate the beholder.

2 colorways on six-ply silk
88%Silk – 12%Rayon
Width: 122cm/48”

4 colorways on two-ply silk
82%Silk – 18%Rayon
Width: 137cm/54”

This signature fabric of the collection combines the beauty of a hand woven silk ground with an embroidered Chinese inspired peony pattern. By the early 18th century the residents of Bangkok had become enthralled with Chinese art, furniture and decorations. Temple paintings included Chinese motifs such as the peony which is a symbol of prosperity and nobility. Illumination is truly a noble fabric due to the rich texture of the two-tone silk base.

This is the first time that embroidery, enthusiastically used in China to enhance fabrics, appears in a Jim Thompson collection. However, the peony design is only used to embolden the outline of the large flowers, allowing the full texture of the base to make a statement of its own.
Illumination is embroidered on two weights of silk: six-ply and two-ply.

The six-ply fabric comes in two auspicious colors: green, symbol of long-life and gold, symbol of wealth while the other five colorways on the two-ply silk range from elegant neutral tones to bright exotic hues.

1 colorways
Width: 137cm/54”

When Siamese diplomats headed by a Thai named Kosa Pan visited the court of Louis the XIV at Versailles the impression they made was stellar. The French were so enthralled with the amazing textiles worn by the Thai diplomats that that they began to imitate the rich silk brocades calling them “Siamoise”. This Jim Thompson print named in honor of the diplomat, shows a procession of Thai nobles elegantly dressed in rich brocades and woven silks. The decorative effect of this highly detailed print will enthrall modern viewers as much as Kosa Pan impressed the French.
2 colorways
Width: 137cm/54”

This fabric draws its name and design from the mural paintings found at Ayuthya, the former capital of Siam. Europeans who visited this important 16th and 17th century trading center were astounded by the richness of its exotic palaces and gilded temples. This printed fabric show scenes of palace life with its elegantly crowned nobles and exotically attired courtiers. The architectural details are fascinating and bear witness to the influence of the Persians and Chinese who resided in the city and left their imprint.
13 colorways
50%Silk – 50%Linen
Width: 137cm/54”

The exotic Illumination Collection returns to is roots with Isan, named after the rural northeastern countryside home of Thailand’s finest weavers. Here, when the rice fields have been harvested and the rainy season comes, the local women turn to weaving the home-spun silk they raised themselves. However, Jim Thompson’s Isan, goes one step beyond the northeastern raw silk fabrics by creating a wonderful hand woven linen and silk blend. A palette of twelve colorways draws from the earthy tones of the Isan countryside.
7 colorways
42%Silk – 58%Rayon
Width: 142cm/56”

Legend has it that the Buddha attained enlightenment or nirvana while meditating under a sacred fig tree, known as the bodhi or bo tree. According to tradition followers took sprigs from this original tree and planted them as they traveled throughout Southeast Asia spreading the teachings of the Buddha and the path to nirvana. The charming bo tree pattern woven into this silken fabric draws inspiration from a famous painting of a golden bo tree on the wall of a temple in the old capital of Laos. The fabric has an antique look and the six colorways are inspired by elements of the Lao countryside - green rice fields, red clay earth, and orange, golden skies.

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