Big thank you to Julia Brennan, who hails from Washington USA, when she is not busy travelling to care textiles all over the globe. Happily, Julia made it to Luang Prabang and kindly shared her expertise when she donated her time and materials for a three-and-a-half day textile repair workshop at the end of November.
Together with Luang Prabang resident conservator Jacinta Brown, the workshop gave hands on experience in stitching techniques needed to conserve the cottons, delicate silks, and metallic and bead accessories found in Lao collections. Lao conservation staff from Ock Pop Tok’s Lao Heritage Textile Collection and also the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre made samplers to practice the variety of stitches and then went on to repair actual pieces from the collections under Julia’s attentive supervision. Along the way, there was much discussion of other conservation issues, admiration for the skills of Lao artisans, and some lovely cultural exchange. Altogether a very informative and enjoyable experience for all. Many thanks and we hope to see you again here soon Julia!
Guest blog post by Jacinta Brown, conservator, Lao Heritage Textile Collection.