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Sandie's collection

(An eclectic selection of textiles from Sandie Shamis' collection and a few photos from her research in southeast Asia)

Sandie Shamis has been a stalwart supporter of and contributor to the tribaltextile.info/community forum since she first discovered it back in mid 2002. In the same year Sandie sent to Pamela a selection of postcards made from photos of a few of her textiles and research photos which she had produced to share with friends. It is on these photos that this initial photogallery from Sandie's collection is based.

see a personal statement from Sandie

all text & images Sandie Shamis

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ss01 Jpeg 56K Section of a very old Tai Daeng “curtain” used for wedding and complete with red cotton ruffle.  The gold thread is unusual.

to Tai Lue from the Golden Triangle 1990.  We’re not sure if this was simply a wall hanging or a pha biang.

to ss02 Jpeg 55K Tai Daeng - silk – zone dying.  Pha biang

to ss05 Jpeg 54K An old cloth, characterised by every panel being different except for these two “mirrors” – and the origin of the ‘Sandie Bug Man’

to ss03 Jpeg 55K Section of an old Pha biang.  Maybe Tai Lue.

to ss06 Jpeg 54K Any ideas on the origin or motif of this piece? Nobody seems to know - its small and probably was woven with a narrow weft.

to ss11 Jpeg 56K At my sister's - a pidam with "kampuchea" written on it. Under it, a Burmese sarong, on either side, new Khmer silk ikat.

to ss09 Jpeg 53K Half of a silk pha biang, probably Tai Daeng - the work is very beautiful but I think its not new.  As soon as I bought (in Berkely) it - another with the same design but in orange took its place.

to ss07 Jpeg 47K Very old Tai Mouie Pha Biang


ss15 Jpeg 57K Me and Chris in the Cambodian throneroom. We're the two on the right of Queen Monique. I'm wearing a jacket of Khmer silk made by a friend. How sad ….

to ss10 Jpeg 60K Part of a cloth that Patricia (Cheeseman) Naenna designed for a birthing conference in 1995. The weaver was one of her employees.  I think I'm the only one with a cloth in private hands.

to ss13 Jpeg 54K Half of a double ikat designed by Patricia (Cheesman) Naenna.  Nobody likes it but me!

to ss14 Jpeg 58K This bag is from Vietnam. It is Black Hmong made of embroidered collars or sashes.

to ss08 Jpeg 57K Buyi sashes

to ss12 Jpeg 60K Sumatran offering cloth (old) natural dyes

to ss16 Jpeg 58K Taken at Ankor Wat on our trip in 1996.  My favouite photo for meditating.  Notice the huge ear lobes, centuries before they symbolised Buddha.


to ss21 Jpeg 55K Another photo I took in Ankor Wat in 1996.  He does not appear so friendly on second viewing!


to ss19 Jpeg 60K A Malay women. This village near Ranong, subsists on the proceeds of rubber.

to ss20 Jpeg 58K An elderly woman from the same village near Ranong. The houses in this village are built on stilts. These last two photos illustrate the wearing of the ubiquitous sarong with a loose cotton blouse, a uniform rapidly replacing ethnic costumes, thoughout Thailand

to ss22 Jpeg 52K Yes, I did photograph geese kissing

to ss17 Jpeg 52K Muslim women at a market in Narathiwat, South Thailand.

ss23 Jpeg 52K Sleeping infant, Southern Thailand, ethnic Malay village near Ranong. The batik coverlet, as well as the sarongs wore by the women in the prior photos, are simply cotton lengths with printed batik designs, rather than actual batik pieces. These sarongs are ubiquitous throughout SEAsia.

to ss18 Jpeg 54K …. and last but not least…. Thai Barbie!

Sandie is a psycho-linguist by training and inclination. She has taken an academic approach to looking at textiles, searching for the latent meaning inherent in the pieces that please her on an aesthetic level as well. Early on she decided to focus her collection on two elements: the depiction of animals real and imagined; and the expression of Buddhistic concepts through the structure and techniques utilized in weaving. The collection mostly encompasses textiles of the Tai world of mainland southeast Aisa. Contact Sandie:

see a personal statement from Sandie

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