The Thai Textile Society in collaboration with The Siam Society is pleased to present a lecture by the Directors of the Fibre2Fabric Gallery in Luang Prabang, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, on Saturday, September 8, at 10:30 a.m.
Veomanee Duangdala, the daughter of a famous weaver in Laos, and Joanna Smith, an English photographer and filmmaker, will discuss themes from past exhibits at their gallery. Since 2004, Fiber2Fabric Gallery has staged exhibits on “Ikat and Mutmee of the Khmu People,” “The Silk Road --Silkworms to Nagas,” “The Story of Hmong Batik and Hemp Production,” “Textiles of the Oma People,” and “Traditions of Ban Na Nyang, a Tai-Lue Village.”
The Fiber2Fabric Gallery provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the production of Lao textiles. Exhibits change every three to four months. Once a new exhibition is installed, the previous exhibition is moved to the gallery’s workshop location. Over time, the workshop will become a living/working museum with weavers working alongside information gathered during the development of exhibitions.
The Fibre2Fabric Gallery is an NGO founded to document, exhibit, and uphold the social role and traditions of textiles from various regions and ethnicities in Laos. The founders believe textiles are more than just a commodity. Textiles represent identity, and their fabrication enriches techniques that have evolved over hundreds of years.
Ms. Duangdala started at the age of eight to prepare spools for her mother’s weaving and moved into plain weaving while learning more complex skills and patterns. She has traveled to Australia, Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam to exhibit and lecture. Ms. Smith has been based in Laos since mid-1999. A photography assignment with a European Union-funded project opened the door to more assignments in Laos. Her work has appeared in leading magazines, including Gourmet, Destinasian, and Travel and Lifestyle. She has exhibited in Singapore, France, and Vietnam. The two women founded their business, OckPopTok, which means East meets West, in October 2000. The Fibre2Fabric Gallery followed soon after.
100 baht for members of the Thai Textile Society and The Siam Society
200 baht for members of the public
Location: Fourth Floor Lecture Room, Siam Society, 131 Soi Asoke (Soi 21) Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
BTS Asoke Station and MRT Sukhumvit Station