Reminder TTS presentation CHIN TEXTILES OF MYANMAR Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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Subject: Reminder TTS presentation CHIN TEXTILES OF MYANMAR Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Date: September 22nd 2017


Dear Members and Subscribers,

Please be reminded of the presentation CHIN TEXTILES OF MYANMAR 

by Chomporn Dhanesnittaya and Wipawee Tiyawes on  

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 at 10:00am

Details are below:

It was Chomporn’s interest in old beads that led her to Chin textiles which she has collected for more than 20 years. Running out of beads, her dealer showed her the ones he had amongst in a large pile of textiles he identified as those from hill tribes in Myanmar. Chomporn was persuaded to buy some of these even though they were mostly well worn and very dirty. Against the advice of her fellow textile-collector friends and much to their horror, she washed them! A few pieces were damaged in the process but many had survived.             

 Although she could not recognize the pieces, Chomporn noticed some common characteristics to these pieces. They were all woven of cotton and on back-strap looms, and were warp faced. Several pieces had patterns on the face only and some pieces seemed to have embroidery on them, but overall, the weave structure and patterning of these textiles seemed very complex. Not knowing anything about the textiles, Chomporn began to research and came across the volume, “Textiles from Burma” featuring the James Henry Green Collection, and that is when she recognized the Chin textiles, remembering that she owned quite a collection of these. The Chin live in the far northwestern mountains of Myanmar bordering India and Bangladesh, and are known for their tattooed faces. Their unique weaving is less known outside their region. Chomporn will show selected pieces from her collection - blankets, tunics, loincloths, skirts, breast- cloths and head wrappers, to illustrate the masterful skills of the women weavers in the various Chin group of tribes in Myanmar. Wipawee will add some more remarkable pieces from Tilleke & Gibbins Collection as a highlight of this talk as well.  It will be a great opportunity for textiles enthusiasts to see these wonderful pieces up close. 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Tilleke and Gibbins Office

Supalai Grand Tower, 26th Floor, 1011 Rama 3 Road (map attached)

Nearest BTS at Chongnongsri

Members: B200    Non-members: B300

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