Jim Thompson, even more than Queen Sirikit, was responsible for bringing Thai weaving to the world's attention, back in the 1950s and 1960s. Then, in 1967, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances. All sorts of rumors floated around, but nothing conclusive ever turned up, much less Mr. Thompson himself. Today, his home in Bangkok is a museum and an art center.
In the courtyard, demonstrations of the peaceful sort: the young man was reeling silk, and the charming girls were skeining silk and making floral decorations for the house shrine.