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December 15th, 2007

A Siam Society Lecture: Weaving Success In Southeast Asia: Social Entrepreneurship and The Woven Art of Carol Cassidy

Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: The Siam Society, 131 Asoke Rd, Sukhumvit 21; BTS - Asoke; MRT- Sukhumvit

The Thai Textile Society forwards this announcement from the Siam Society announcing a lecture by noted weaver Carol Cassidy, who resides in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

“Please join the Siam Society in welcoming celebrated weaver and development advisor Carol Cassidy to Bangkok. Building on the traditional designs and techniques of skilled weavers from ethnic groups within Laos, Carol Cassidy has bought new vitality to the weaving heritage of this Southeast Asian country. Weaving had been an important part of Laotian culture for centuries. In 1989, Carol was sent to Laos by the U.N. to advise on weaving and design. In 1990, she and her husband founded one of the country’s first foreign businesses. Their enterprise, Lao Textiles, has contributed to a renewal of Lao weaving to prominence in world textile markets. Specializing in 100 percent hand-woven silk, Lao Textiles produces exquisitely crafted wall hangings, scarves, shawls, and custom furnishing fabrics. The company is among the first in Laos to provide employee pension and medical benefits, bringing economic empowerment to a generation of Lao women. Several years ago Carol took over a weaving project in Cambodia employing rural land-mine survivors. At the program, she will discuss her work as well as display a range of works both from Lao Textiles and her studio ‘Weaves of Cambodia‘.”

Admission is free for members of the Siam Society, members’ spouses and children, and all students showing valid student I.D. cards, Nom-members are asked to donate 200 baht.

For more information, please telephone
Khun Preechaya or Khun Arunsri

E-mail info@siam-society.org
Office Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 9.00 a.m. — 5.00 p.m.