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May 16, 2011

Lecture on Tai Ceremonial Textiles and Their Uses on June 16

Dr. Linda S. McIntosh, Consulting Curator, will give a lecture on “Tai Ceremonial Textiles and Their Uses” from 10 am to 12 noon on June 16, 2011, at the offices of Tilleke & Gibbins. Linda will provide an overview of some types of non-Buddhist or shamanic Tai textiles and their ceremonial functions. Intricately woven textiles are made specifically for use in different types of rituals, including spirit appeasement and healing rites as well as funerals. The Tai also utilize textiles that have roles in their daily lives for special rites. A blanket made for a bride’s trousseau also serves as a baby carrier and a shroud. The lecture will be illustrated with images from the Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection and from Linda’s field research throughout Laos. Examples from the Collection will also be available for viewing.

For more information or to book a seat, please contact Dr. Linda S. McIntosh at [email protected].