Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Fabric of Interest

Of all the cultural research books on Laos, one of the most covered and widely written about topics, aside from history books, seems to be those on Lao textiles and fabrics. Indeed there is a lot of interest in the beautiful art form of Lao silk weaving, embroidery and color dying.

Beer Lao Calendar Model 2011
 Photo Credit:  Beer Lao Calendar 2011

There are even more books on this topic if you include those written on regional textiles studies that encompass southeast Asia, textile and art journals, and art magazines that have articles on this topic.  For our resource list shown below, only books written exclusively on Lao textiles have been assembled here.  Please note that this list is not exhaustive and indeed there may be additional books on this topic.

For those interested in this topic, we hope you find it useful.

(In order of first published date.)

Lao book review - Costume and Culture: Vanishing Textiles of Some of the Tai Groups in Lao P.D.R. by Patricia NaennaTitle:  Costume and Culture: Vanishing Textiles of Some of the Tai Groups in Lao P.D.R.
By:  Patricia Naenna
Publisher/Year:  Studio Naenna Co. Ltd, 1990
ISBN:  9780824814540
- One of the first books on this topic, only 40+ pages, lots of color pictures, explanations and a glossary.




Lao book review - H'Mong Batik: A Textile Technique from Laos by Jane Mallinson, Nancy Donnelly and Ly Hang
Title:  H'Mong Batik: A Textile Technique from Laos
By:  Jane Mallinson, Nancy Donnelly and Ly Hang
Publisher/Year:  Mallinson/Information Services, 1990
ISBN:  9780295970547





Lao book review - Lao Mien Embroidery: Migration and Change by Ann Yarwood Goldman

Title:  Lao Mien Embroidery: Migration and Change
By:  Ann Yarwood Goldman
Publisher/Year:  White Lotus Co., Ltd. 1995, 1998
ISBN:  9789748496412







Lao book review - สื่อสัญญลักษณ์ผ้าลาวเวียงจันท์ / Symbolism of Lao Textiles / Susanyalak pha Lao Wiangchan by Chanida Tangtavonsirikun, Charnvit Kasetsiri, Kanchani Laongsi
Title:  สื่อสัญญลักษณ์ผ้าลาวเวียงจันท์ / Symbolism of Lao Textiles / Susanyalak pha Lao Wiangchan (in Thai and English)
By:  Chanida Tangtavonsirikun, Charnvit Kasetsiri, Kanchani Laongsi
Publisher/Year:  Foundation for the Promotion of Social Sciences, 1998
ISBN:  9748630498


Lao book review - Lao Textiles and Traditions by Mary Connors

Title:  Lao Textiles and Traditions (Images of Asia Series)
By:  Mary Connors
Publisher/Year:  Oxford University Press, 1999
ISBN:  9789835600012
-  Small in size but a very good general all-around book on this topic with lots of explanations and some pictures.




Lao book review - Legends in the Weaving by Dara Kanlaya

Title:  Legends in the Weaving (papae nee mee dtum nan) (in Lao and English)
By:  Dara Kanlaya
Publisher/Year:  Japan Foundation Asia Center, 2001
ISBN:  9789745482029
- Beautifully made bilingual (Lao/English) book that cost about $20 when it was first released.  It's nicely written with good explanations and color pictures.
Lao book review - Buddhist Textiles of Laos by Fredrick William Bunce


Title:  Buddhist Textiles of Laos
By:  Fredrick William Bunce
Publisher/Year:  D.K. Print World Ltd, 2004
ISBN:  9788124602508
- large book both in size and number of pages, mostly images with descriptions but also included are background explanations, black/white photos.  Click the link to see our review on it.
Lao book review - Sinh and Lao Women by Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy


Title:  ​ສິ້ນ​ກັບ​ແມ່​ຍິງ​ລາວ / Sinh and Lao Women
By:  Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy
Publisher/Year:  Phaeng Mai Gallery (Vientiane), 2006
ISBN:  ?
- 98 pages, written in Lao and English




Lao book review - Siho and Naga - Lao Textiles: Reflecting a People's Tradition and Change by Edeltraud Tagwerker

Title:  Siho and Naga - Lao Textiles: Reflecting a People's Tradition and Change
By:  Edeltraud Tagwerker
Publisher/Year:  Peter Lang Pub Inc, 2009
ISBN:  9783631586891





Lao book review - The Woven Textile Industry in Lao PDR by Mary Penny

Title:  The Woven Textile Industry in Lao PDR
By:  Mary Penny
Publisher/Year:  VDM Verlag, 2009
ISBN:  9783639212174






Lao book review - Lao-Tai Textiles: The Textiles of Xam Neua and Muang Phuan by Patricia Cheesman and Patricia Naenna


Title:  Lao-Tai Textiles: The Textiles of Xam Neua and Muang Phuan
By:  Patricia Cheesman and Patricia Naenna
Publisher/Year:  University of Hawaii Press, 2009
ISBN:  9789742729158






Title:  Spirits in the Loom: Religion and Design in Lao-Tai Textiles
By:  Ellison Banks Findlay
Publisher/Year:  Textile Series vol. 19, White Lotus Press, 2013 (forthcoming)
ISBN:  ?

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