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December 02nd, 2017

HAND WOVEN & MANUFACTURED TEXTILES IN THAILAND & THE PHILIPPINES

 

What importance do these hold for their country?

By Dr. Simon Ellis

Saturday, 2 December 2017
 

 



 

Southeast Asia has one of the richest traditions of hand-woven textiles in the world, and yet many countries persist in supporting mass produced textiles for western markets. These mass markets are subject to great fluctuations that threaten jobs and provide diminishing returns in economic and environmental terms. This talk will argue that countries should concentrate on sustainable development of traditional weaving with benefits in economic, social and environmental terms. Figures in the Philippines demonstrate that the weavers whose skills have been built up over centuries are a vulnerable population. They must be supported by the government or else their unique cultural identity will be lost. Hand weaving and mass production weaving in Thailand will be discussed as well.

About Dr. Simon Ellis

Simon Ellis is a teacher, town planner and archaeologist with a DPhil from University of Oxford. He worked for in the UK local government and later for UNESCO, the last three years in UNESCO Bangkok. He specializes in Culture and Education with a statistical emphasis. He has published many books and academic articles including the authoritative standards on Roman Housing (2000) and cultural statistics (2009). He has been working on the economics of craft production since 2009 and spoke at the World Craft Council.

This lecture provides us with an angle of the textile industry by villagers and factories, a viewpoint that we have not experienced much in the past. It is interesting to note the status of both today.

 

Venue:  Bandara Suites Silom
First building, 4th floor conference room,
75/1 Soi Saladaeng 1 (see map)

Time: 10:00 am

Members: B200     Non-members: B300

For information and reservation contact: bkk.tts@gmail.com