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.


Save the Date: 2015 Winter Program and Trunk Sale


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28; 11 AM – 2:30 PM; Program, 11 AM 

Location: Home of Anne Godsey: 1795 High Trail, Atlanta, Georgia 30339

RSVP: gvgoodwin@aol.com, Free for TASA members and guests

Dr. Peter Reimann and his wife, Dr. Myunghee Kim, were passionate about textiles and started collecting the in the 1980s. Their collection includes textiles from Asia, South America and Africa, obtained both from their travels and from well established textile dealers around the world.  Part of their collection of Filipino textiles was purchased by the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.  The selection to be shown on February 28th is a very small sampling of textiles from Asia, mainly Southeast Asia and India.  Junco Sato Pollack is also sharing a selection of her educational textiles, chosen to complement the textiles in the Reimann collection. They provide excellent examples of various techniques and styles of weaving.  The Reimann’s daughter, Dr. Kim Reimann, who is a Georgia State University faculty member, will be present during the program and sale.  Images of some of the pieces from this collection are featured below.

Note that only checks and cash will be accepted at the trunk sale.  Installment payments can be arranged.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin


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Fall 2014 Program Recap

As the year draws to a close, let’s look back at the Safekeeper Vest Trunk Show and presentation.  This event was a brilliant success (images below).  We sold 18 vests and made $400 for TASA which we are putting toward a textile/fiber art African object for the High Museum’s African collection!  Much to look forward to in 2015.  Stay tuned!

Submitted by Kathy Colt and Gail Goodwin


TASA Events Brief: Fall, 2014

TASA will be sponsoring the following 2 events this fall. 

Friday, September 26:

“Brides of Anansi” tour at Spellman College, arranged by Michael Mack and co-sponsored with SEFAA.

Admission fees for TASA members paid for by TASA; $3 for guests.  See the sidebar for a link to the Spellman site.  Click here for TASA/SEFAA details.

TASA’s Fall Program: Saturday, October 25: 

Safekeeper Vest trunk sale and presentation by Junco Sato Pollack

Invitation will be coming soon.  10-1 PM at the home of Clara O’Shea.  Free to TASA members and friends.

Summer Program Recap

On June 21, Marilyn Murphy from Cloth Roads presented a program to SEFAA, TASA and The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild. Cloth Roads is a fair and sustainable commerce marketplace for fiber artists from around the world. Purchases from Cloth Roads help artisans and communities, especially women and girls, to flourish.

Out of the many cooperative groups Cloth Roads represents, Marilyn selected four groups from four different areas of the world to spotlight in her presentation. She shared an example of a product produced in each group:

  • A scarf from the OckPopTok weavers in Laos.
  • A runner from The Center for Traditional Textiles in Cuzco, Peru, founded by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez
  • Handspun white kid mohair yarn from Tajikistan/
  • A wild silk scarf from Madagascar.

Following the program, attendees had an opportunity to shop in a marketplace of Cloth Roads fiber products. An amazing variety and quantity of beautiful and high quality items from around the world were for sale: bags, table runners, blouses, shawls, scarves, hats, yarns, tie-dyed cotton squares, baskets, textile hangers, and more.

Submitted by Gail Goodwin