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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:33 am 
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Hi all,

There is an interesting exhibition of Tai textiles from Laos and Vietnam on at the Fowler Museum. Here is a link for more info. http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/ ... i-textiles

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:49 am 
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Hi MAC

Thank you very much indeed for your post. On the link you give there is a video introducing the Fowler exhibition which I have inserted below - to encourage people not to miss its glory!!! If you follow MAC's link it is also possible to show the video full screen which does not seem to be working via my insert :( also via the YouTube option accessible from my insert - which is working :D ) .



This is a stunning exhibition - both for people interested in Lao/Tai weavings and for everyone ready to enjoy the glorious colour and imagery. The exhibition "FOWLER IN FOCUS: Spirits in the Loom: Religion and Design in Lao-Tai Textiles" runs from January 10–May 1, 2016.

I had heard about the exhibition via Susan Stem who helped collector/academic Professor Ellison Banks Findly to assemble her wonderful research collection but I had not followed through to access the Fowler information on-line.

There is a volume in the White Lotus series 'Studies in the Material Cultures of Southeast Asia' (No. 19) "Spirits in the Loom: Religion and Design in Lao-Tai Textiles" by Ellison Banks Findly which was published in 2014 ISBN 978-974-8434-773. The book includes contributions from Patricia Cheesman, Eric Crystal, and Peter Whittlesey. There may be a catalogue for the current Fowler exhibition - I will check it out and report back if there is - but I have previously found it difficult to access books at the Fowler which need to be sent to an international location.

MAC thanks again for your post which 'woke me up'!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:59 am 
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    I haven't found a separate catalogue for the exhibition but assume that the very excellent and informative volume I referenced above accompanies the show.

    What I did find when hunting on the Fowler website was information of a talk on 'Lao-Tai Textiles and the Mythic Imagination' by Ellison Findly on Sunday 13 March 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fowler in their Fowler OutSpoken Talk series - see http://fowler.ucla.edu/events/fowler-ou ... magination - for anyone lucky enough to be in the vicinity on the day.

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    Thanks for sharing this MAC! Elli Findly lovingly put this collection together over ten+ years AND did the research in the field AND has published two volumes to document it. I am proud to have assisted in a small way in the procurement of some of the pieces. It is a beautiful collection and has largely been dispersed to several museums around the world so that others can learn from it and enjoy the beauty and meaning of this rich textile tradition. For those who cannot see the exhibition, her books (White Lotus publisher) are a worthwhile read and are profusely illustrated with photographs. The second volume is called Tending the Spirits: The Shamanic Experience in Northeast Laos I especially enjoyed the short video above, which shows some of the installed exhibition. For me, it was like seeing old friends. Thank you!

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    I have also just learned that Elli Findly will be speaking at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, on 12 March at 10am. The topic is 'Lao-Tai Textiles and the Mythic Imagination'. Last year they exhibited textiles from her collection which were given to the museum.

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