Smiles and Silk in Khon Kaen

Just back from Khon Kaen where I took my family on a trip to see my father. Over a year ago, he had a severe stroke and the city was a fleeting memory of hospital food, hotel beds and medical jargon. This time, it was a chance to catch up and communicate with him, and see his recovery made possible by the loving care from his family there. 

 Two of my favourite people - my dad and daughter. Sienna was helping Dad to relearn his abc!

Two of my favourite people - my dad and daughter. Sienna was helping Dad to relearn his abc!

Dusty and dry, Khon Kaen Province has a population of about 1.7 million and transport is mainly 4WDs and motorcycles. It seems an interesting turn of ways that brings me to learn more about this fascinating country and its people. My love of textiles has made me curious about all the kinds of silk that Thailand produces - and apparently it's mandatory for public servants to wear silk on one day of the week. It's that a great way to support a national industry? 

 I think this is patchwork made by people from Thailand's  Lahu  hill tribe. It's roomy enough to carry A3 size inside, so definitely a good excuse to invest in supporting local craftspeople (me and in Thailand!). 

I think this is patchwork made by people from Thailand's Lahu hill tribe. It's roomy enough to carry A3 size inside, so definitely a good excuse to invest in supporting local craftspeople (me and in Thailand!). 

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