Reflecting a People’s Tradition and Change
This book is the result of my initial attraction to Lao textiles upon my first arrival in Laos in 2004. From the moment, I saw those splendid Lao silk skirts I was fas- cinated by the variety of colours and patterns. I wanted to find out more about the skill and ingenuity of their creators, their background, and culture. In this endeav- our, I was pleased to meet so much sympathy by Lao people and foreigners alike whose assistance helped me in many ways. My special thanks go to the Sisane family from Lao Textile Museum, who trusted me right from the beginning, giving me access to their textile collection, providing professional information, and willingly shared their personal stories. For similar friendly responsiveness my thanks go to the Nanthavongduangsy family from Phaeng Mai Gallery, Carol Cassidy from Lao Textiles, and Ms Jancome from Maicome who spent their time readily telling me about their experience to set up and maintain their enterprises in Vientiane. For the help to get more insight into ethnic groups I am very grateful to the own- ers of various bookshops in Vientiane who let me use UNESCO research papers and recent publications, as well as to Bernard Aubert and Christelle Peybernes for their update on the Akha including their photographs. Finally, I want to thank our Lao friend Thazane Soutichack for taking me to villages and towns in Kham- mouane and Bolikhamxay, for translating and letting me explore the mentality of his kind-hearted people. Last but...
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