These past few days, the exceptional symposium entitled “Weaving royal traditions through time at the Thai Court and beyond”, organized by the and her is taking place in Bangkok. Since November 6th, 2013, nearly two hundred people from all over the world (top experts and curators, museum conservators, textiles and Southeast Asian culture enthusiasts) have come to participate, talk, share during this great gathering around textiles from Southeast Asia. As a press representative, I feel very fortunate to be part of this event, attending four days of visits, conferences, and discoveries in the Bangkok area. On the first day, we have visited a selection of Southeast Asian antics and textile collections in an array of places of the Thai capital.
I have been particularly interested in the Tilleke & Gibbins collection, based at the eponymous law firm. Launched in 1987 by David Lyman, CEO of the company, this collection gathers and preserves more than 2,000 remarkable textile pieces coming from a diversity of Thai, Laotian, and Cambodian ethnic groups spread all-over Southeast Asia.