Bhutanese Textiles:Weaving from the Heart
Hosted by the Bank of Thailand Museum and the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont
November 10th, 2008 – Febuary 10th, 2009
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Exhibition Opening Photos
The day’s events were open to the public and included two guest lecture presentations, dress attire demonstration, weaving demonstration, fashion show for both Bhutanese dress and Lan Na/ Thai dress.
Bank of Thailand
Bank of Thailand Northern branch, Chiang Mai is located just north of the city proper. It has it’s own museum of currency and textiles mostly from northern Thailand and surrounding areas.
Khun Prasopsuk Puangsakorn
Director Bank of Thailand Northern branch.
Mr. Adam Silver
Director of the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont, USA was one of the 5 member US delegation that attended the opening ceremonies. He came presenting 18 letters of goodwill and support from VT's US Senators, Congressional Representative and Governor's offices, as well as others. For full list see below.
Over 700 people attended the opening day. The show continued to be well attended up until the day it closed. Many Thai schools and colleges had booked tours for the students and used the show as a teaching aid.
Dr Diana Bander, a member of the ACCVT and a part of the 5 person US delegation, gave a presentation of her travels to Bhutan called “traveling from the heart”. She dressed in traditional Bhutanese dress along with Dr. Vitthi who translated for the Thai audience.
center, photojournalist and one of the main lenders to the exhibition, made it for the opening and is shown here in front of her work with Susan and Roger Stem members of the Thai Textile Society and live in Chiang Mai.
The entire US delegation with most of its Thai counterparts.
The Museum put on a very elaborate “fashion show” and dance for the audience of both Lan Na/Thai and Bhutanese dress.
Dr. Smitthi Siribhadra and Dr. Vitthi Phanichpant
To compliment Dr Bander's presentation of her travels to Bhutan, Arjarn Smitthi presented an analysis of the different parts of Bhutanese dress and Arjarn Vitthi translated it to English.
Several members of the BOT main office in Bangkok attended the opening as well as the French Ambassador (left). One of the main objectives to this show was cultural awareness, understanding and bringing people together.
Leki Wangmo La
Leki (last on the right) is a master weaver from Bhutan. She gave demonstrations and supplied endless amounts of information. She has been involved in both venues for the show. Seen here with male and female attendants wearing Bhutanese attire as well as Khun Jow Yai (second from the left), the last living relative of the old Lan Na Royal Family.
Letters of Support and Best Wishes:
- Senator Patrick Leahy, US Senator
- Senator Bernard Sanders, US Senator
- U.S. Representative Peter Welch, US Congress Representative
- James Douglas, VT Governor
- Brian Dubie, VT Lieutenant Governor
- All 14 members of the Vermont State Legislators from Windham County
- Alexander Aldrich, Vermont Arts Council
- Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, President of Marlboro College
- Adam Weinberg, World Learning
- Holden Waterman, The University of Vermont Asian Studies Outreach Program
- Dana Eidsness, VT Dept. of Economic Development
- David Blair, Mariposa Museum of Would Culture Center
- Joseph Famolare, Brattleboro Foreign Trade Zone
- Jen Butson, Ski Vermont
- Greg Worden, VT Artisan Designs
- Paul Costello, Vermont Council on Rural Development
- Deborah Garner, Deborah Garner Collection
- Daniel Yates, Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association