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8th Symposium of IASSRT and 9th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium (ATTS)

November 3 - November 6

During October 15-19, 2023, IASSRT successfully organized its 7th annual symposium in Norwich and London, in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and the University of East Anglia. With the theme “Reconnections along the Silk Roads Restoring and reconstructing textiles from afar,” the symposium brought together 29 speakers from 8 different countries and regions.

In 2024, we are bringing IASSRT 8 to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, also known as Laos. This country is home to 50 government-recognized ethnic groups, each with unique weaving and embroidery traditions using cotton, silk, and hemp. Some materials are locally produced, while others are imported, linking Laos to other parts of Asia and beyond. For instance, silk fabric, silk threads, and metallic threads are brought into Laos via land from Southwest China and sea routes
from the Mekong River and its tributaries.

This year’s theme, “Textiles Trails: Legacies of the Silk Roads in Southeast Asia” delves into the cross-influences of these ancient trade routes on the region’s textiles.
We invite historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, and independent scholars to submit paper abstracts exploring this theme of “legacy.” We seek insights into the enduring impacts of trade, the movement of materials and people, and technology transfer to and from Southeast Asia.
The Lao Handicraft Organization will be our host with Dr. Linda McIntosh as our keynote speaker.

This 8th International Association of the Study of Silk Roads Textiles (IASSRT) Symposium is joining forces with the 9th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium (ATTS) in Vientiane, Laos. We will have an exciting couple of days of lectures, with a Pre-Symposium tour and a Study Tour.

Take advantage of the Early Bird rate by registering before June 30 (Registration link below)


November 3
November 6
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Lao People's Democratic Republic