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Mat mee

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Mat mee

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Surin silks are famous for their intricate designs made by the tying and dyeing process called mat mee (มัดหมี่). Some women are mat mee specialists and choose to focus on this stage of the silk making process, designing and tying patterns onto rows of silk thread stretched across wide frames. Each thread must be counted and grouped before the tying and dying commence to ensure that the pattern will emerge correctly on the loom. Before spools of plastic twine were available to tie and the silk, mat mee masters used thin rope made from banana tree fibers.