The Weaving Village
Percy is also the architect behind the Weaving Project based in Esarn in N. E. Thailand.
Inspired by traditional weaving techniques such as ikat, brocade and tapestry weaves, he constantly continues to push the boundaries of the handloom, to produce wearable art fashioned entirely in silk.
Every Isan Gallery designer shawl is one-of-a-kind. Its unique colour palette is carefully hand-picked by Percy, after which 100% pure silk threads are dyed. Then the yarn gets transformed into a hand-woven masterpiece.
Percy is known for his organic and free-form designs. The women of the purpose-built weaving facility take pride in their work.
A coloured sketch of the finalised design hangs before the weaver, to guide her along as she works on the loom.
Tying of knots to incorporate an ikat design is painstaking work. Many hands on deck help to lighten the load somewhat.
After the second round of tying and dyeing, and the knots undone, the yarn is hung out to dry thoroughly before weaving can begin.
The Weaving Village has been around for two decades now. It is a socially-responsible project that gives women in the countryside a fair income without leaving their village