Lao Textiles invites you to become a venue
for the traveling exhibition Weaving Tradition: Carol Cassidy and Woven
Silks of Laos. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to experience
beautiful traditional and contemporary textiles from the country of Laos
as well as the superb textiles created by Carol Cassidy, an
internationally known weaver and designer who is inspired by traditional
Lao weaving techniques and design motifs. The exhibition contains 60
textile pieces plus interpretive material and a working loom for
demonstrations. A 160-page
catalog with 110
color photos and illustrations provides additional didactic material and
a detailed documentation of the exhibition. Rental periods are
available through December 2006.
Curator for the exhibition is Dorothy
Twining Globus, renowned former curator of the Cooper-Hewitt National
Museum of Design and past director of the Museum at the Fashion
Institute of Technology, both in New York City. Dorothy devoted 18
months to the Weaving Tradition exhibition and is currently curator at
the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.
Weaving Tradition is comprised of two main
sections. The first features nineteenth-
and twentieth century textiles
created by ethnic groups throughout Lao People's Democratic Republic
(Laos). The individual objects and narrative text introduce viewers to
the weaving techniques, design motifs, and cultural purposes of Lao
textiles. Pieces created by contemporary Lao weaving studios document
the resurgence of handweaving, and how Lao weavers have both continued
and transformed the country's weaving traditions.
Textiles designed and made by Carol Cassidy
and her staff are showcased in the second section of the exhibition.
American weaver who has lived in Vientiane since 1989, Cassidy was a
consultant for the United Nations Development Program. Her studio has
been a catalyst in reinvigorating the Laotian silk and weaving
industries. Directly inspired by traditional Lao textiles, Cassidy has
crafted a broad range of contemporary pieces, from complex wall hangings
to sumptuous shawls and scarves.
Browse a detailed
description of the exhibition, an overview of the requirements, and
representative images at the following links:
your institution is interested in hosting this exhibition, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to
having your institution as a venue for Weaving Tradition: Carol Cassidy
and Woven Silks of Laos.