Calendar Pages -- Curator's Walk: Weaving Paradise

December 13th, 2007

Curator's Walk: Weaving Paradise

Curator: Linda McIntosh
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Jim Thompson Art Center
(2nd Floor, The Jim Thompson House compound)
6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
BTS: National Stadium Station

Thai Textile Society life member Linda S. McIntosh will lead a Curator’s Tour of the colorful new exhibition, “Weaving Paradise: Southeast Asian Textiles and their Creators,” on December 13, 2007 at 2 p.m.. Ms. McIntosh is the curator of the exhibition, which opened on November 3. It highlights woven creations from Tai (including Thai and Lao), Khmer, Cham, Burmese, and Malay cultures.

All of the twenty-eight exquisite pieces in the exhibition sponsored by The James H.W. Thompson Foundation are on loan from the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection, one of Bangkok’s finest private collections of Southeast Asian textiles.

“Weaving Paradise” focuses on the common thread that links the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia, where women are the primary producers of cloth. The exhibition celebrates women’s creativity and their traditional social roles. Metaphorical references of women and weaving found in the Exhibition illustrate ideal female characteristics and women’s dedication to the present and the future: making cloth as gifts and offerings and as conduits to reach a better world after death. Women weave affection, hope, time, space, ritual, and, lastly, paradise into cloth’s warp and weft, weaving the fabric of society.

Visually striking in their composition, design, materials, and color, Southeast Asian textiles are highly regarded for their beauty. Traditional societies value weavers for their advanced technical skills and the devotion required for textile production. Numerous literary forms refer to weaving skills to assess a “good” woman, especially a nurturing wife and mother, but they also describe women’s intentions to create cloth as symbols of love for their parents, husbands, children, and members of their community.

Admission to the Curator’s Walk will be free.

For further information, please contact the Thai Textile Society at

Special Opportunity: Special Sale of “Weaving Paradise” catalogue

Location: Tilleke & GibbinsTextile Collection
4th Floor, Ton Son Building
50 Soi Ton Son, Ploenchit Road
BTS: Chidlom

The catalogue to “Weaving Paradise: Southeast Asian Textiles and their Creators” is available for sale at the special price of 300 Baht to members of the Thai Textile Society. The book is on sale at the exhibition for 650 Baht, so this is an opportunity to save during the holiday season!

The Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection is offering the book for sale at the discounted price. Please contact Khun Kaew or Linda McIntosh at 02-263-7700 ext 559 for more information. Please bring exact change and your membership card when purchasing.

Catalogues may be purchased at:
Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection
4th Floor, Ton Son Building
50 Soi Ton Son, Ploenchit Road
The nearest BTS station is Chidlom