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May 26th, 2007

Ethnic to Contemporary: Pwo Karen Textiles of Sop Moei Arts

By Kent Gregory
Ground Floor, The Promenade Decor
Nailert Park Hotel, Wireless Road, Bangkok

Sop Moei Arts of Mae Hong Son Province has planned a special exhibit, entitled Ethnic to Contemporary, as a tribute to the traditional weaving skills of the Pwo Karen. Kent Gregory, the director of Sop Moei Arts, will be showing examples of ethnic Karen textiles from the textile collection that forms the basis for their organization's village development work in the field of textiles. He will discuss their strategy for preserving these textiles, many of which are disappearing due to modern influences.

Khun Kent began a health project in remote Sop Moei District of Mae Hong Son Province in 1977, requiring the purchase of an elephant to enable Kent to carry medical supplies to this area. In 1988, he established Sop Moei Arts as an income-generating project with a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The Karen, who compose over 60% of this province's population, excelled at back-tension loom weaving and basketry. By applying these skills in the production of contemporary products, the villagers generate an income to purchase the basic essentials for a healthy life.

Visit http://www.sopmoeiarts.com/project_foundation.html for more details about their history and projects. The exhibit will be on display from May 22nd – 27th from 10:00 - 18:00 daily.

Location: Ground Floor, The Promenade Decor
Nailert Park Hotel, Wireless Road, Bangkok

Members: 200 Baht, Non-members: 300 Baht

For more information or to reserve, please e-mail: rgerson@mozart.inet.co.th