Saturday, 12 March 2016
Positioned at the crossroads between upper Myanmar and China, the Shan State’s location has been of strategic importance politically, economically and a place of cultural exchange. Known by several names according to gegraphic location, attire and language, the Tai Neua or Chinese Shans represent one of the most fascinating groups, especially in their dressing style. Their costumes, particularly those of the women, are a fusion of traditional Tai apparel and Chinese style adornments and their adaptations. Their typical festive Tai skirts are decorated with lavish and often gaudy materials. Khun Ake will discuss the development of these costumes, having studied old photographs of about 100 years ago, examined private collections, and observed the way the Tai Neua dress today.
Khun Ake is an independent scholar of art history with a focus on textiles. An avid textile collector for over a decade, he is now the textile curator at the Siam Society.
Venue: William Warren Library
The Henry B. Thompson Office Building, 4th floor loft floor
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, off Rama I Rd.
Time: 10:00 am
For reservation contact: Ruth Gerson firstname.lastname@example.org