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Thai Textiles in Focus

‘Weaving Royal Traditions Through Time’, the first international symposium to take place at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) in Bangkok, Thailand took place from 5 – 9 November 2013. The event, organised by the QSMT with the assistance of former LACMA and FAMSF textile curators Dale Carolyn Gluckman and Melissa Leventon, offered special opportunities to see behind the scenes at the new museum and visit private collections of Southeast Asian textiles not accessible to the general public, as well as a post-conference Thai textiles tour.

Cheri Hunter of the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California was one of a sizeable group who attended. We are delighted to be able to share a selection of her fascinating photographs of events. These included performances by traditional Khon dancers in costume, a fashion show flaunting the allure of Thai silk, a visit to the conservation lab at QSMT and viewing of textiles from the collections of the Siam Society, Tilleke & Gibbins, Udom Riantrakool and others, along with visits to the Pa-Da Textile Museum and the Baan Khampun and Baan Na Pho ikat dye plants and weaving studios. The symposium and tour demonstrated that a rich textile industry still thrives in Thailand and is showcased adeptly by the QSMT.

The QSMT’s mission is ‘…to serve as a centre  for all who wish to learn about textiles, past and present, from Southeast, South and East Asia… with special emphasis on costume and textiles pertaining to the royal court… and to create public awareness of Thai identity and culture and the beauty of Thai traditional textiles, through research, exhibition and interpretation’.

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Khon dancers

Khon dancers

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