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Bast Fiber: Weaving and Cultural Preservation

Bast Fiber: Weaving and Cultural Preservation

A Free Symposium by the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Sunday, May 15, 2005
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Room A-139, Fowler Museum
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

While Asia is renowned for its lustrous silks and fine cottons, weavers in many Asian cultures also made hand-woven cloth from bast or leaf fibers (including hemp, ramie, abaca, piña, and others). Today many of these little-known weaving traditions, often on the verge of extinction, have become the subjects of various revival efforts. Join our international panel of researchers and scholars as we explore the links between bast fiber weaving and broader issues of identity and cultural preservation, drawing on new research from seven Asian and Pacific countries.

1:00 Marla C. Berns, Director, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History

1:10 Roy W. Hamilton, Curator of Asian and Pacific Collections, UCLA Fowler Museum
of Cultural History

Panel #1
1:30 Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Independent scholar, Potomac, MD
Stemming from the Lotus: Sacred Robes for Buddhist Monks (Burma)

1:55  B. Lynne Milgram, Professor, Faculty of Liberal Studies, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto
Transforming Tradition: Bast Fiber Textiles in the Upland Philippines

2:20 Thuy Thi Thu Tran, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi
Hemp Textiles of the Hmong in Vietnam

2:45 Questions
3:00 Break

Panel #2
3:30 Elizabeth Oley, Doctoral candidate, School of Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Ulap Doyo Woven Fibers of East Kalimantan

3:55 Amanda Stinchecum, Independent scholar, Brooklyn, NY
Bashôfu, the Folk Craft Movement, and the Creation of a New Okinawa

4:20 Donald H. Rubinstein, Professor of Anthropology, University of Guam and
Sophiano Limol, President, Pacific Micronesia Corporation, Colonia, Yap
Reviving the Sacred Machi: A Bast Fiber Weaving from Fais Island, Micronesia

4:45 Questions
5:00 Reception, Elizabeth and W. Thomas Davis Courtyard

Museum Hours: Wed through Sun, noon to 5 PM, Thurs until 8 PM; Closed Mon and Tues. Easy parking is available for $7 in Lot 4. Enter the UCLA campus from Sunset Boulevard @ Westwood.

Cost : Fowler Museum admission is FREE.

Stacey RavelAbarbanel
(310) 825-4361

Sponsor(s): , Fowler Museum at UCLA