Exhibition & Talk “Pattern Story”, 30 Sept – 8 Oct 2017, Hanoi

Textile Linker present the event Patterns Story including an antique Thai fabrics showcase, talk, embroidery workshop and weaving experimentation exploring ingenious stories behind decorative patterns of Thai ethnic vintage textiles from Quy Chau district, Nghe An province. The event form part of Textile Linker’s project to explore Vietnamese heritage textile and connect the artisans with the others.

Thai people often say that “Hold hands down, then see the cloud, raised hands to see flowers “. Brocade making is a very important culture, attached to the Thai from birth, grow up until the return to the “sky”. Each brocade starts with cotton, silkworms, spinning, natural dyeing, weaving and embroidery. It is a wholehearted and creative workflow process. The talents of Thai women are most visible in the stage of creating patterns on fabrics. It seems to be a sacred work that has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. However, as life becomes more modern, and cultural integration goes to every Thai village, traditional profession are gradually being lost. Many patterns have been lost or only a few older artisans can replicate, and no young artisan nearby want to continue the traditional profession.

The natural world is reflected on various patterns. They are rhombus, flower, sun, birds, elephants, deer, tigers or horseman which are expressed in a symbolic, simplified way. The motifs are often symmetrical, reflecting the conception of harmony, the eternal life, the cosmic conception, the yin and yang philosophy, the earth and the universe … the many motifs appear on the skirts, scarves and Thai ancient quilts.

Ms. Sam Thi Bich, head of Hoa Tien Brocade Cooperative, said: “In the past, there were no weather forecasts so people considered animals such as dragonflies or ducks flying low, flying high became an early forecast of rain, sun, storm and flood for the people. Thus, the Thai embroidered the animals’ motifs to their gratitude. Either dragging dragons or elephants into decorative motifs into the blanket or skirt, because Thai people believe these animals bring strength to human beings. The pattern is very important to the Thai people, because it consists of both strength and love, both joyful and happy, it is in the brocade.”

The event will also be accompanied by a talk with Thai ethnic artisan to share more cultural stories and craft villages. During the weekend, embroidery workshop and weaving experimentation make the traditional techniques closer to participants and they can do the ethnic patterns by themselves in Hanoi.
Through these activities, the event emphasizes messages of the Textile Linker project that the preservation and development of handicraft products may not be possible by an individual. Instead, the project would like to connect the artisans with the others as designers, artists, researchers, businesses and consumers in order to develop the traditional craft in modern life.

Visiting information
Antique & unique Thai fabrics showcase: 30 Sept – 8 Oct 2017, Monday – Sunday, 09:00 – 18:00. Free admission.
Opening: 30 Sept, 15:30 – 18:00. Free admission.
Embroidery workshop: 1 Oct, 14:00 – 18:00. Pre-registration and payment requirement.
Weaving experimentation: 7 – 8 Oct, 09:00 – 18:00. Free admission.
Flea market (including many ethnic group as Thai, Hmong…): 7 – 8/ 10, 09:00 – 18:00. Free admission.
Creative Artillery, 27/52 To Ngoc Van, Hanoi (courtyard of Hanoi Rock City).
Link event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1555267544534886