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July 09th, 2016
THAI TEXTILE SOCIETY & INDIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
A lecture by Ms. Hema Devare
CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES OF INDIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
Saturday, 9 July, 2016
Textiles have been the binding factor in the cultural history of India and Southeast Asia. They were carried by the traders from the banks of the Ganges to the fertile regions of the Mekong and to the rich spice islands of Indonesia. These were painted textiles from the Coromandel Coast, block printed fabrics and the double-ikat patola from Gujarat that influenced Southeast Asian textiles. These textiles have been documented in temple sculptures, frescoes, mural paintings and textiles across Southeast Asia. The diversity in materials and decorative techniques led to the absorption of Indian elements in local fabrics resulting in new interpretations, while each region contributed its own characteristics to these textiles. For example, Thai agents traveled to Gujarat with their own designs which the Indian artists copied and transferred to the fabrics they produced for the Thai customers. The trade textiles played an integral role in bringing closer India and Southeast Asia. This cultural amalgam is as intricately woven as the double-ikat patola, the cultural legacy of India in Southeast Asia.
Hema Devare will discuss the flow of culture through textiles between India and Southeast Asia. She is a freelance writer and playwright of both fiction and non-fiction. Her writing on cross-cultural themes has been inspired by her extensive travels. She produced the much acclaimed documentary “Threads That Bind” which emphasizes the metaphor of historical textile exchanges between India and Indonesia. She has written and produced two dance dramas staged in Bangkok and in other Southeast Asian cities.
Venue: Please Note Change of Venue to:
The Siam Society
131 Asoke Montri Road (Sukhumvit 21),
Bangkok 10110, Thailand