Textile Arts Council Lecture: Weaving, Tradition, Art, and Community
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(Left) Ms Boua at her loom, weaving naga head cloth. (Right) Carol Cassidy at loom. Photo courtesy of Carol Cassidy
In 1990, Carol co-founded Lao Textiles, a weaving studio in Vientiane, Laos. She spent the early years of the business collecting, analyzing and replicating traditional Lao textiles, allowing her weavers to hone their technical skills and develop a deep appreciation their traditional designs and weaving techniques. The artisans and the extended Lao Textiles community are included in each aspect of the business.
More than 31 years on, Lao Textiles has employed more than 50 artisans, empowering two generations of Lao women through weaving. The studio produces a broad range of hand woven silk textiles ranging from intricate brocade, tapestry and Ikat textiles and is recognized for producing high quality, complex fabrics in original designs for interiors and accessories. Lao Textiles has achieved more than financial stability for the weavers. The strength and pride of the staff extends beyond the studio, into their homes and communities.
As Lao weaving and textiles became celebrated further afield, the cultural significance and respect for Laos weaving within Laos has grown, creating a regeneration of tradition, empowering communities across the country. Carol has taken her personal model of weaving success beyond Laos to northern Cambodia, Rakhine state in Myanmar and Northeast India.
Carol Cassidy, co-founder and manager of Lao Textiles, has been working with yarn, color, community weaving and fiber art for nearly 5 decades. She studied hand weaving and textile design in Norway in 1975, later in Finland and earned a BFA from the University of Michigan in 1980.
$5 FAMSF Members and Students. $10 General Public. This event will be presented via Zoom.
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