The James H. W. Thompson Foundation announces plans to host “Status, Myth and the Supernatural - Ritual Tai Textiles”, an unique exhibition of ceremonial costumes and weavings in conjunction with the upcoming Jim Thompson textile symposium being held in August. Curated by textile scholar Linda McIntosh, the exhibit will feature shamanistic and Buddhist textiles produced by Tai peoples living in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The basic concept behind the project is to demonstrate the importance that textiles play in transition phases of daily life such as marriage, ordination or death. In addition to ceremonial cloths and dress, the display will include ritual objects associated with rites of passage. The majority of textiles featured in the exhibit will be loaned from The Tilleke & Gibbins collection, which contains more that fifteen hundred examples of Southeast Asian weavings. The special exhibition will be on display from July 27 until September 30, 2005 at the Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the Arts. The textile symposium Status, Myth and the Supernatural – Unraveling the Secrets of Southeast Asian Textiles”, which will include lectures by distinguished textile experts, will be held at the Shangri-La hotel on August 4 and 5, 2005. More information about the exhibition and the symposium can be found on the website www.seasiantextiles.com

For further information contact
Ms. Supicha, Senior Manager, The Jim Thompson House
Telephone : +66 2 216 7368
E-mail: artcenter@jimthompsonhouse.com
Web site: http://www.jimthompsonhouse.com/events