Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Lao textile culture: preservation of a collection to promote weaving culture

Project: The conservation and accessibility of the Ock Pop Tok collection of over 1100 Lao heritage textiles.

Jacinta Brown (project manager and conservator) in collaboration with Ock Pop Tok directors Veomanee Douangdala and Joanna Smith.

We propose to build a custom made facility that incorporates:
  •  conservation appropriate storage of the collection
  • digitisation of the collection with computer access
  • a conservation treatment and examination area
  • exhibition and workshop/education space. 
Currently the collection has been surveyed for overall condition and subsequently rehoused. Cataloging and improvement of individual textiles, together with research is underway.

The facility will be located at the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre (LCC) in Luang Prabang.
The project is part of the not for profit arm of Ock Pop Tok: Fibre 2 Fabric. 

To learn about Fibre 2 Fabric activities click here
To learn about the Fibre 2 Fabric organisation click here

We would love to hear from any interested conservation volunteers or donors/grant providers who would like to contribute to this project.  jbconservationlaos(at)yahoo.com

If you would like to know more about the background of the collection and how the project came about please click here:


The Story Behind the Textile Heritage Project


which is a modified version of the paper presentation at the 3rd APTCCARN Meeting at Silapakorn University: The Conservation of Material Culture in Tropical Climates in April 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.

More about this conservation conference click here  or go to http://www.20thcpaint.org/event-3dAPTCCARN.jsp

More about APTCCARN:Asia Pacific Twentieth Century Conservation Art Research Network click here or go to