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28 Aug, 2011

University research addresses Thai silk research, product development

Silk is Thailand’s most elegant natural fiber, used mainly for textile manufacturing. Due to a decline in prices in worldwide markets for the famed fiber, Mahasarakham University researchers have developed innovative and varied products made from silk in order to help silk farmers to claim additional income from silk production when the market prices of silk have dropped.

Founded to study and develop sericulture, or silk farming, the university’s Silk Innovation Center was founded to extend well-being to the rural communities which depend upon income from the worm that are a girl’s best friend. Inside the centre a painting of HRH Princess Sirindhorn, created on a shimmering sheet of handmade yellow silk fiber paper displayed prominently in the facility, shows one result of the applied research to use silk yarn in artwork besides using it to make fabric for fashions and other clothing.

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