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February 11th, 2006

Thai Textiles Beliefs and Meanings

Lecture by Professor Chatt Piyaoui
10 a.m. Araya Hall, Jim Thompson House

At the February 11 lecture, Professor Chatt Piyaoui will share his expertise on deciphering the cultural and mythical beliefs behind the symbols and motifs used in Thai textiles.

Professor Chatt Piyaoui has been a history/humanities scholar for more than 15 years. He holds several academic degrees in Southeast Asian History, Literature, Asian Studies, and Buddhist Philosophy from prestigious institutions, such as the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco University, Thamasaat University, Mahamakut Buddhist University, and Sukhothai Thammathirat University.

Moreover Professor Chatt Piyaoui has received honorary degrees, credits and awards from institutes such as Tribhuvan University in Nepal, Phnom Penh University in Cambodia, Hue University in Vietnam and Savankhet Teacher College in Laos.

He has authored numerous academic articles and books on history, Buddhism and Thai culture and is a frequent lecturer at universities here in Thailand and abroad.

Professor Chatt Piyaoui is well-known in Thailand as a collector of fine textiles, including those from Thailand as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. His collection has been featured on television and exhibited in many museums.