BANGKOK — On our recent trip to Thailand, my daughter, Megan, and I decided to visit the Jim Thompson House & Museum in Bangkok. In the 1950s and ’60s, Thompson, a Delaware native and son of a textile manufacturer, was responsible for reviving Thailand’s dormant hand-woven silk industry and attracting an international market for the silk.
Thompson first came to Thailand during World War II as an Army officer; he worked for the Office of Strategic Services, which later became the CIA. He fell in love with the country and when the war was over, relocated there. Today, Jim Thompson Thai Silk Co. products are famous throughout the world, known for their high quality — and high prices.