TAI, A WOVEN CULTURE
Tai, a Woven Culture is a large format hard cover art book (29,5 cm X 32 cm) with 348 pages and over 230 colour photos.
Photographer Hans Roels and Tai textile collector Napajaree Suanduenchai visited, photographed documented over the last 25 years
the different Tai subgroups that spread out over Southeast Asia. The Tai led them from Thailand to Laos, northern Vietnam, South China and Myanmar
to the Assam state in India.
What unites all Tai people since the last migration in 1300 AD is their remarkable, unique weaving culture.
At the heart of it is yellow silk, whose thick smooth fiber is processed manually.
The book not only describes the weaving arts and culture of the Tai subgroups
but gives detailed information on the neighbouring ethnic minorities as well.
The book was launched at the Royal Library in Brussels, Belgium on 25 March 2023
and has been released in Bangkok on 7 April 2023 in Blue Elephant Restaurant.
The book is published by River Books, Bangkok in the English language on 3,000 copies in a first edition.
100 copies of the book have been donated to schools and universities for use as study material.
Profits from book sales in the North of Thailand will go to the Thai Education Foundation.
Tai, a Woven Culture retails at the price of 88 € per copy and 3,200 THB per copy for orders from Thailand.
The book can be purchased via this website at the discount price of 78 € or 2,900 THB.
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100 books will be offered to schools and universities in remote areas in Thailand,
that want to use the books for educational purposes but cannot afford the purchase.
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