Lecture by Susan Conway: “Symbols of Love & Respect”: The Textile Collection of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand. Live at the University Women's Club. Doors open 18.00.
“Textiles are not merely a commodity but a symbol of the well-balanced rhythms of social and religious custom”.
Susan Conway wrote this in her book Thai Textiles published by British Museum Press in 1992. It has continued to be a major theme in her books and the exhibitions she has curated in UK and overseas.
In 2018 she was asked to curate the private textile collection of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. The catalogue was published in 2020. The lecture will be illustrated with a selection of silks and cottons woven in Bangkok and the provinces of Thailand where weavers continue to produce fine textiles.
Susan Conway taught anthropology and material culture at SOAS. She is currently a research associate at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University. She recently introduced a post graduate course on anthropology and Shan material culture at Shan State Buddhist University, Myanmar.