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January 18th, 2015 to January 20th, 2015

The 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium

The 5th  ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium0

The 5th ASEAN Tradtional Textiles Symposium  


The objectives for the 5th Traditional Textile Symposium are as follows

  1. To celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

  2. To advance the traditional textile communities of ASEAN and neighboring nations, to have cooperation among experts and those interested in traditional textiles in exchanging knowledge, building understanding about traditional textures, production techniques, art of weaving, dying and printing cloth, local customs that influence cloth production, local wisdom, and innovation regarding the processes of textile production.

  3. To conserve and expand traditional textiles among ASEAN members and neighboring countries.

  4. To disseminate research regarding several dimensions of traditional textiles and to publicize the findings at the local level so it might be adapted to use in production of traditional textiles.

  5. To publicize Thai traditional textiles and customs.

  6. To expand ASEAN traditional textile sales and traditional textile products through those who attend the symposium and the general public.

  7. To demonstrate the preparedness of Thailand and Chiang Mai Province to conduct international conferences.



Payap University


Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiative of

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (RSPG)


About the Conference

The ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium began with the first symposium in Indonesia in December 2005 and was hosted by ASEAN Traditional Textile Arts Community (ASEAN TTAC) . ASEAN member nations were invited to send participants as well as other interested parties. The second symposium was held in the Philippines in February 2009 with support from the ASEAN Foundation. The symposium was a success. It was decided at that time to conduct a symposium every two years with every ASEAN nation taking a turn as host. The third symposium was held in Malaysia in March 2011, and the fourth was in Vietnam in March 2013. Between 150 to 200 participants, including textile experts, researchers, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, students and interested persons attended. Each symposium has had a variety of activities including presentations by invited expert speakers, presentations of research output related to textiles, discussions and exchanges regarding conservation of traditional textiles from each country as well as other customs related to the manufacture of products from cloth and other products of member nations, and also a fashion show. The purpose is to enhance and conserve the textiles of ASEAN nations, improvement through using new techniques, in order to be able to produce textiles of quality and quantity, as well as innovation in production to expand markets for ASEAN cloth in the world market. Toward this end, researchers, textile experts, entrepreneurs and other interested persons together with faculty members from Payap University have participated in these conferences consistently in the past.

Schedule Programme

The seminar will be 3 days long, from 18 to 20 January 2015 at Payap University and at the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre. An optional 2 – day Study Tour is also being offered for interested participants, with additional registration fee.

Day 1:
Venue, a hotel in Chiang Mai

  • Registration

  • Welcome dinner and Thai Culture and Arts Show

Day 2 :
Venue Payap University


  • Opening Ceremony with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presiding

  • Presentation of souvenir pins to those who have contributed to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Plant Genetic Conservation Foundation (RSPG Foundation) for the work of the Plant Genetic Conservation Project

  • Inspection (by the Princess) of an Exhibition of Rare Textiles

  • Special Lecture by the keynote speaker on the topic, "Across Borders: Tai Traditional Textiles in ASEAN Countries," by Ms. Patricia Cheesman. Ms. Cheesman has lectured in Universities worldwide and has been an advisor to the weaving department at Thammasat University, Bangkok, the Crafts Council of Australia, the Bank of Thailand Textile Museum, the National Palace Museum in Taiwan and the Lao Women's Union. She has published numerous books and articles on Thai and Lao textiles and has contributed to many international textile exhibitions.

  • Luncheon for HRH the Princess

  • HRH the Princess departs


  • Research presentations by international representatives on the following topics:

    • Dying cloth using natural dyes

    • Using natural fibers

    • Conserving and developing traditional textiles

    • Developing commercial traditional textiles


  • Buffet Dinner

  • Fashion Show and Cultural Show


Day 3 :

Morning : venue: the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

  • Visit to the Wattana Art Gallery and a presentation by Mr. Wattana Wattanapun on “Arts and Traditional Textiles” and by Prof. Michael Howard, Executive Committee, ASEAN Traditional Textile Arts Community

  • Lunch

Afternoon : venue: the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

  • Workshops on cloth dying by academics from various countries

  • Viewing local products and products of the government’s “One Tambol One Product” (OTOP) project

  • Visit to the Warorot Central Market

  • Meeting of ASEAN delegates to evaluate the symposium and to receive a report on the preparedness of the next host

Evening : venue: the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

  • Dinner (Kad Mua))

  • Fashion Show and Culture and Arts Show

  • Closing Ceremony and Presentation of the Banner to the next host

 Day 4&5

Participants depart or conduct tour on an individual basis. The university offers a 2-day Study Tour from 21-22 January, 2015, for those interested in exploring the Chiang Mai province and local textile industry. This Study Tour will include a visit to the Textile Learning Center where traditional weaving techniques of each district in Chiang Mai and other nearby provinces will be presented. The demonstrations will also include textiles from the indigenous hilltribe peoples of the Karen and Lawa tribes, as well as other local handicrafts. This visit will be followed by a visit to a local fruit farm and a flower garden at the Royal Project on Doi Inthanon, a well-known national landmark. In the evening, visitors will be offered accommodations at the Royal Project’s guesthouse on the grounds of Doi Inthanon. The following morning, the group will travel to Mae Jam district to view a Lawa tribe weaving demonstration. Mae Jam was specifically selected as the site for this Study Tour as the textile pattern and technique employed in this area are extremely unique. There are only about ten elders in this village who are intimately familiar with this process.
A village member by the name of Nussara Tiengkate took interest in this idea many years ago. She collected all the patterns, conducted extensive research, and refined the technique currently in use. She’s also gone to great pains to preserve and promote the village's unique pattern. The younger generation in the village have also taken interest in this work and have begun to weave for a living. These young people will not have to leave the village and go into the cities in search of work. Thus, Ms. Nussara Tiengkate has created a sustainable industry and jobs for the people of her village. After over 30 years of effort, along with good marketing and publicity, Pa Jok Mae Jam (name of the pattern) has become well known for its beauty and uniqueness.
In the afternoon, the group will visit a textile and hilltribe photography exhibition before returning to Chiang Mai city.

NOTE: The program is subject to change as appropriate

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