Calendar Pages -- November TTS Lecture- History and Development of Thai Textile Collections: Promoting Thai Culture worldwide
November 06th, 2015
November TTS Lecture- History and Development of Thai Textile Collections: Promoting Thai Culture worldwide
Lecture Presentation by Dr. Susan Conway
Thai textiles and dress are recognized for their beauty and the skill of the weavers, spinners, dyers and embroiderers who produced them. It has taken years of work by textile historians, writers, conservators, designers and collectors to ensure a rightful place in the history of art and design. This lecture traces a period from the 1980s to show how world class status was achieved.
About Dr. Susan Conway
Susan Conway has worked in inland South-east Asia since she graduated with a fine arts degree in 1983. She was involved in the first major team project to record and photograph the temple mural paintings of Lan Na (North Thailand) and Isan (North-east Thailand), funded by the Ford Foundation.
Her book “Thai Textiles” published by British Museum Press in 1992, brought together an historical account of dress and textiles, using temple mural painting photographs as illustrations, and enlarging on her earlier work, with emphasis on the cultural significance of textiles as an expression of the creativity of women.
Since then she has published books on the culture, arts and crafts of North Thailand (“Silken Threads, Lacquer Thrones", 2003) and the Shan States of Burma (“The Shan: Culture Arts and Crafts”, 2006). She has also contributed to many books, including “Burma: Art and Archaeology”, British Museum Press, 2002, “Through the Thread of Time, James H.W. Thompson Foundation, 2004 and “Myth, Status and the Supernatural”, James H.W. Thompson Foundation and River Books, 2007. She was curator of the highly acclaimed exhibition “Power Dressing” that launched the opening of the James H.W. Thompson Museum in Bangkok in 2003, built adjacent to the famous Jim Thompson House Museum. Dr Susan Conway is a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. From 2000-2004 she was Adjunct Professor of South east Asian Studies at Parsons, New School University, New York.
For more information on Dr. Susan Conway please click: http://www.susanconway.com/
Venue: William Warren Library
The Henry B. Thompson Office Building, 4th floor loft floor
6 Soi kasemsan 2, off Rama I Rd.
Date: Firday, 6th November 2015
Members: B100 Non-members: B200
For information and reservation please contact: Wipawee Tiyawes firstname.lastname@example.org
The Thai Textile Society would like to thank the James H. W. Thompson Foundation for their continued Support