From Village Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles

The Textile Museum's 2013 fall symposium explored themes raised in the exhibition Out of Southeast Asia: Art That SustainsToday, there are over 1,000 ethnic groups in Southeast Asiamany with unique textile traditions—yet increased development and globalization in the region challenge the future of these art forms.

Through the lenses of art history, anthropology, international development, and design, From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles explored the ways in which regional textile arts are adapting to the twenty-first century. 

Speakers included: Ruth Barnes, Ph.D., senior curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Jill Forshee, Ph.D., cultural anthropologist, Columbia College Chicago; Ellison Findly, Ph.D., professor, religion and Asian studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT; Tim Johnson, director of sales and marketing, Jim Thompson America, Atlanta, GA; and Sandra Cate, Ph.D., lecturer, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.