James H. W. Thompson Foundation proudly presents "Power
Dressing - Lanna Shan Siam 19th Century Court
Dress", the first exhibition to be held in the
newly constructed Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and
The exhibition is curated by the highly respected British
textile expert Dr. Susan Conway and focuses on the textiles,
dress and regalia from the inland principalities of
Lanna and the Shan states and the coastal kingdom of
Conway, author of the book "Silken Threads Lacquer
Thrones", has extensively studied the 19th
century courts of northern Thai and Shan kingdoms.
exhibition runs from December 2003 to May 31, 2004 and
is open to the general public.
JIM THOMPSON CENTER FOR TEXTILES AND THE ARTS
The Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the Arts, a
two-storey structure located on the grounds of the Jim
Thompson House museum, has been built by the James H.
W. Thompson Foundation to house rotating textile and
cultural exhibitions. Leading art historians and academics
are invited as guest curators for the various exhibits
which include loans from public and private collections.
the establishment of the new gallery, the James H. W.
Thompson Foundation Under the Royal Patronage of H.R.H.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn hopes to further contribute
to the preservation, dissemination and broader understanding
of Thailand's rich cultural heritage.
Jim Thompson Center for Textiles and the Arts is dedicated
in memory of the highly respected Thai art historian
H.S.H. Prince Subhadradis Diskul, a grandson of King
Rama IV and past President of the James H. W. Thompson