The Thai Textile Society will present a lecture, “Scenes in Silk: Visualizing Cambodian Culture a Century Ago,” by Gillian Green at The Siam Society on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.
In her lecture, Ms Green will discuss the unique antique, resist-dyed textiles currently in the collection of the National Museum of Cambodia. These textiles have never been the topic of publications or research until now. Referred to as kiet in Khmer, these silk textiles are patterned by the technique more commonly know as plangi. The motifs represent a stunning visualization of events surrounding the end of the rainy season celebrations in Phnom Penh in the early 20th century. Despite research that now reveals the identity of the motifs, the context in which they were made and by whom is quite unexpected.
Copies of Ms. Green’s new book, Pictorial Cambodian Textiles, published at the end of 2007, will be on sale at the lecture.
Ms Green, an Honorary Associate in the Art History Department at the University of Sydney, is also the author of the book, Traditional Cambodian Textiles, which appeared in 2003. She received a Master’s degree in Art History form the Australian National University.
The suggestion donation is 100 baht for members of the Thai Textile Society and the Siam Society. Members of the public are asked to donate 200 baht.
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