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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
JIM THOMPSON

Thinking of how luxury relates to mystery brings to mind Jim Thompson, the former U.S. military intelligence officer who disappeared in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands in 1967.  As an accomplished businessman with substantial experience in the U.S., Thompson decided to permanently move to Thailand to revitalize the cottage silk industry. More a craft than an industry, the home-based Thai production presented itself as an opportunity. Having been in the Thai silk business only for about five years, Thompson’s company met overnight success when his fabrics where used in Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I. The 1950s and 1960s were instrumental for the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company that reached international acclaim.

Today, the company continues to produce beautiful fabrics with exquisite designs. The silk industry is one of the most vital parts of Thailand’s economy (next to tourism). We are particularly pleased to know that Jim Thompson’s House and Museum is a foundation that supports the local community of artists with annual awards. For additional information you can click here: http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/

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