Enjoy drinks and nibbles and hear two old friends, Carol Cassidy, and Sin Sin Man, whose friendship blossomed 20 years ago, out of their joint love of textiles. They will talk about their journey through fabrics, weaving, and centuries old textile traditions. All these years later they are still exploring what they love - interweaving contemporary aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship.
Carol, the co-founder and owner of Lao Textiles, has been working with yarn, colour, weaving, and fiber art for over four decades. She studied hand weaving and textile design in Norway and Finland and earned a BFA from the University of Michigan. In 1989, Carol moved to Southeast Asia to work as a weaving expert on an ILO/UN weaving project in Vientiane, Laos. This led to Carol and her husband establishing their weaving textiles business to preserve and continue the tradition of hand weaving of silk in Laos.
Sin Sin is the founder, owner, and director of “SinSin Atelier • Fine Art”. She highly values art, history, traditional training, and hard work and believes that art should be seamlessly integrated into our daily lives. Her textile and clothing designs have incorporated hand-made Mongolian cashmere felt, Cambodian silk and Nepalese cashmere wool, both hand-woven, and even hand-dyed Javanese batik, representing her personal mastery of these techniques and her deep respect for the local traditions from which they have emerged.
During this intimate gathering, we will meet these two passionate women and listen to them discuss their passion and their business - interweaving contemporary aesthetics with traditional craftsmanship into hand-woven fabrics and design. We will also be able to view exquisite examples of their textiles.