Spring 2015 Program – Chinese Ethnic Minority Textiles with Susan Weitzman Conway

TASA recently presented its Spring, 2015 program featuring the textiles of traveler, collector and dealer Susan Weitzman Conway.  Beginning with a trip in the late 90s, Susan Conway has traveled to remote areas of China learning about the ethnically diverse cultures of the people who live there and acquiring their textiles, jewelry and other artifacts.  In 2006, a selection of Susan’s Miao textiles were exhibited at the Birmingham Museum: “Amongst the Clouds: Textiles of the Miao People from Southwest China.”  The Miao, who are related to the Hmong of SE Asia, trace their history back 5,000 years to China’s Yellow River Valley. They are China’s largest minority group and have a distinct and exceptional tradition of embroidered textiles. The intricate designs and patterns of Miao baby carriers and festival dress tell the stories of the Miao people.

The presentation was given at the SEFAA center in conjunction with that organization’s April meeting.

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Submitted by Gail Goodwin.

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