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August 26th, 2009

Collector's Corner: A Visit to the Tilleke and Gibbins Textile Collection with Curator Wipawee Tiyawes

Time: 10.00 a.m.
Place: Tilleke and Gibbins, Supalai Grand Tower, 1011 Rama 3 Road, Chongnonsi, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120

Tilleke and Gibbins law firm invites members of the Thai Textile Society to view its current exhibition of textiles on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 10 a.m. Curator Wipawee Tiyawes will lead the tour throughout Tilleke and Gibbins’ offices on the 20-26th floors of the Supalai Grand Tower.

The group will see displayed textiles on each of the firm’s six floors of offices. At present, approximately 98 textiles are on display. Members are also welcome to visit the Textile Storage Room to see how these textiles are kept and maintained in a standard manner. The current display will be rotated in September to make way for a new exhibition of textiles.

The group will be limited to 15 people. Members who are interested in attending this tour should make reservations by Friday, August 21, 2009.

Tilleke & Gibbins, a law firm founded in 1890, has had a long history in Thailand. But it was not until 1989, when the firm moved to its new premises in the center of Bangkok that the idea of using textiles as office decoration began to form. Its new interior of gray marble walls, gray carpeted floors, and gray furniture became an excellent backdrop for showing off the traditional and natural colors of lacquer red and indigo blue, the two predominant colors of mainland Southeast Asian ethnographic materials.

The acquisition of 78 rare textiles of museum quality from northeastern Laos four years later changed the initial objective of using textiles as permanent office decoration. Since then, textiles have been displayed on a rotational basis, and tours of the collection are given to staff, clients, and visitors alike. A Mission Statement began to develop to collect, display, and educate, as well as to preserve the pieces so they remain close to the geographical area in which they were created.

Today the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile collection has multiplied from the original number of 50 to 1,650 pieces, representing both majority and minority groups from all mainland Southeast Asian countries, with a small group from Indonesia.

Tilleke & Gibbins hopes that these textiles not only offer beauty to the working environment, but also serve to enrich the lives of the staff as well as clients and visitors to the premises.

Admission for this event will be 200 baht for members and 300 baht for non-members.

For reservations contact info@thaitextilesociety.org or Khun Chotinan