Silken Threads Lacquer Thrones : Lan Na Court Textiles.
Bangkok, River Books, 2002. 22.2 cm x 28.8 cm. 281 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket in protective collector’s Mylar. Very good+ condition with only minor signs of external wear. Only very minor discoloration to margins of pages. Otherwise bright, clean and in excellent condition. The price for this heavy book includes international shipping per Courier !
Includes for example the following chapters: A Hidden Culture / Princes and Politics / Culture and Design / Status, Protection, Ethnicity: La Nan Court Dress 1781-1871 / Textile Design / Nineteenth Century Trade / Craft Workers at the Court etc.
The unique character of the 19th century Lan Na culture of Northern Thailand is seen in its sumptuous textiles and court dress reflecting a diverse cultural heritage. This work aims to situate this textile history within the context of the complex marital and political alliances of the time.
Susan Conway is currently a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She was previously teaching at The New School, New York. Her books and papers cover the culture, arts and crafts of South-east Asia, specialising in Thailand and the Shan States of Burma (Myanmar). She has conducted field work for thirty years, organising conferences and exhibitions in South-east Asia, Europe and the USA. Susan Conway has worked in inland South-east Asia since she graduated with a fine arts degree in 1983. She lived in many villages and when time allowed, added a photographic record of local arts and crafts. This included women engaged in sericulture, raising cotton, dyeing thread with vegetable and aniline dyes, and weaving cloth. Some of those photographs, and the textiles associated with the fieldwork, are now in the permanent collection of the Horniman Museum, London. Since then she has published books on the culture, arts and crafts of North Thailand (“Silken Threads, Lacquer Thrones”, 2003) and the Shan States of Burma (“The Shan: Culture Arts and Crafts”, 2006). She has also contributed to many books, including “ Burma: Art and Archaeology”, British Museum Press, 2002, “Through the Thread of Time, James H.W. Thompson Foundation, 2004 and “Myth, Status and the Supernatural”, James H.W. Thompson Foundation and River Books, 2007. (Susanconway.com)