The Thai Textile Society will present a lecture on “Shan Dress and Textiles: Court Robes and Regalia” by Dr. Susan Conway on Friday, February 1, 2008 at The Siam Society. Dr. Conway, a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, will discuss Shan dress and textiles, with a special focus on the amazing robes and regalia worn at court.
For at least eight hundred years, the Shan people of Myanmar have maintained a unique culture manifested in Shan Theravada Buddhism, a distinctive language and literature, and outstanding arts and crafts. Examples of their dress and textiles are included in the collections of many museums in Europe, the United States of America, and Asia, and are a testimony to the skill of the weavers, spinners, dyers, and embroiderers.
Dr. Conway has written extensively on Tai culture, particularly in the Shan states and neighboring Lan Na or northern Thailand. She was curator of the highly acclaimed exhibition entitled “Power Dressing” held in Bangkok in 2003-2004. She is also the author of many books and articles, including Thai Textiles, first published in 1992 and republished in 2001, and Silken Threads Lacquer Thrones.
Copies of her new book, The Shan: Culture, Arts and Crafts, will be on sale at the lecture.
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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