Mekong River Textiles

Since 1986 Mekong River Textiles has offered special handwoven fabrics
— especially ikats from Thailand —
and clothing patterns as well as custom designed garments to fabric lovers across the nation.

Susan L. McCauley graduated from the University of Mary Washington (Virginia) where she studied art history. She became interested in hand weaving, spinning, and dyeing and engaged this new interest through studies at Penland School of Crafts (NC) and Sheridan School of Design (Canada). After serving as a museum curator at historic sites in Virginia, Susan moved to Thailand for three years. There she saw the extraordinary work of NE Thai weavers making "ikat" resist dyed indigo "phasin" textiles. Her travels there took her to rural upcountry areas where she learned about the lives and weaving skills and traditions of the artisans taught by their mothers and grandmothers. In that world of cultural richness and much poverty Susan joined a group attempting to reverse the migration of young girls to Bangkok's brothels by creating weaving jobs in the villages. She continues her work by returning each year and also travels to producers in Laos where she supports expert weavers in remote highland areas. Through her business Mekong River Textiles, Susan promotes weaving cooperatives and other producers in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and advocates for eco-friendly production methods and fairly traded goods. Her efforts are dedicated to sustaining the textile arts by supporting the weavers, their culture, families and communities. Over 30 years in business Susan has developed a body of creative work with her fabrics, clothing designs, and patterns inspired by SE Asias's handwovens which can be seen at her showroom in Silver Spring Maryland.



Curious about where and how these fabrics are made? Click on any photo above.
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Need a Speaker?

“Designing for the Fabric:
How an exotic ikat fabric captivated this designer and fueled her creativity”

Enrich yourself and your organization. Invite Susan to present her colorful, informative, inspiring slide lecture on these special textiles at your next meeting. Her 45 minute presentation focuses on the indigo-dyed ikat cotton and silk fabric from Thailand and addresses how the fabric is made. Colorful slides show how the fabric has inspired clothing designers and the work of quilters, sewers and others. Her lecture has delighted audiences at museums as well as sewers, quilters, and textile enthusiasts.

Contact us for details. Please call 301-589-1432 or email:

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We sell through this website, at our retail shows, or by appointment at our studio in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Orders are payable with MC/Visa, check or money order.
Please email to place an order or for further information.

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