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UPDATED September 8, 2008

When: September 24-27, 2008
Where: Sheraton Waikiki; Honolulu, HI

SYMPOSIUM COORDINATORS: Tom Klobe,, (808) 261-6461; Reiko Brandon,
PUBLICITY CHAIR: Charlie Aldinger, (808) 237-5231; fax: (808) 536-5970

Web Site:

           Honolulu Dresses to Impress for TSA
         28 City-wide Exhibitions Planned for Textile Society Event
         Honolulu, HI….From Hawaiian quilts and kapa to new works by leading contemporary fiber artists to
Indonesian and Cambodian textiles and Japanese kimono--Honolulu arts organizations are reaching deep into their
textile closets and mounting fabulous textile exhibitions for the 11th Biennial Textile Society of America
Symposium being held in Hawaii September 24 through 27, 2008 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Twenty-eight
exhibitions at a host of museums, galleries, and other city venues will be featuring extraordinary and unusual,
contemporary and traditional textiles and fiber arts concurrently with the September 2008 symposium, which
expects to draw an international crowd of textile curators, scholars, artists, dealers, experts, and students.
          Textiles as Cultural Expressions is the over-riding theme for this major international arts event and
marketplace being coordinated by Tom Klobe, Director Emeritus of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery; and Reiko
Brandon, renowned fiber artist and former Curator of Textiles at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The conference and
Textile Marketplace are open to the public. Registration information is available at All
exhibitions will also be open to the public with admission fees as applicable for respective organizations.
         The TSA events happily coincide with Smithsonian Magazine‟s Museum Day promotion on September 27,
2008. Many museum venues featuring TSA-related exhibitions are participating in the nation-wide event and will
be offering free admission with the Museum Day Admission Card available to download free at
         All the TSA-related exhibitions are open to the public during museum hours and are either free of charge or
subject to the respective Museum‟s normal admission fees. The TSA events are as follows:


International Textile Marketplace
September 25-26, 2008; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Free Admission; Public Invited
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 2255 Kalakaua Avenue (Parking in Sheraton Waikiki Parking Garage at regular
rates available)
This one-time-only textile event features a wide array of specialty textile collectibles including rare and hard-to-find
books, the latest textile conservation products, exquisite wearable art, and one-of-a-kind textile collectibles. Over 25
vendors from India, United Kingdom, California, Thailand, Japan, New Mexico, Hawaii, Italy, Maine, Canada, and
Guatemala will be featured. Among the products offered will be Southeast Asian garments and textiles, Japanese
kimono and obi, shibori products; wearable art by original designers; hand-dyed textiles, scarves and shawls from
India, Laos, and Thailand, indigo fiber work, fiber handbags, antique ethnic textiles and costumes, contemporary
and vintage Japanese textiles, marbleized textiles, ribbon and yarn lei, original screen prints and much more. For
more information, contact Linda-mei Jaress at

Exhibitions at Area Museums:
Writing with Thread: Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities
September 21-November 30, 2008
University of Hawaii Art Gallery; 2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822; Free
Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. –5 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.
September 27, 2008, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Writing with Thread will feature over 500 objects from the Evergrand Museum in Taiwan, the most inclusive
collection of Southwest Chinese ethnic minority costumes in the world. Writing with Thread will showcase the
finest and rarest costumes from 16 ethnic groups and nearly 100 subgroups and will explore the meanings associated
with the production and use of indigenous clothing. In societies without written languages, traditions and customs
are orally passed from generation to generation. However, the textile arts, largely practiced by women, provide
tangible evidence of a group‟s history, myths, and legends. The signs and patterns woven or embroidered in their
clothing and the ceremonial and ritual use of textiles are often replicated in the accompanying silver ornaments
made by men. Angela Sheng, Assistant Professor of Chinese Art History at McMaster University in Hamilton,
Ontario, Canada is curator of the exhibition. (For more information about Writing with Thread, visit
Media Contacts: Sharon Tasaka, Associate Director, 808-956-6888; Lisa Yoshihara, Director,
808-956-6888; Tom Klobe, Project Director, 808-261-6461; Li Lundin,
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Indonesian Batik From the Christensen Fund Collection – July 3 - October 15, 2008
Bright and Daring: Japanese Kimono in the Taisho Mode – August 5 - October 5, 2008
Blue and White: Indigo-dyed Japanese Textiles – August 5 - October 5, 2008
Earth and Sky: Chinese Textiles from the Academy’s Collection -- August 5 - October 5, 2008
All About Textiles – September 11, 2008 - August 9, 2009
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814
Free to Symposium Attendees Thursday, September 25 through
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1–5 p.m.
Several galleries of the Honolulu Academy of Arts will be devoted to selections from the museum‟s superb
collection of over 6,000 Asian textiles including exceptional pieces from the renowned Christensen Collection. Also,
woodblock prints depicting kimono will be shown in a special exhibition selected from the famed James and Mari
Michener Collection and the collection of modern era prints. Galleries throughout the Academy regularly feature
important examples of the textile arts as part of the artistic heritage of the culture represented. All About Textiles
will look at textiles as cultural artifacts and art objects, as well as fill visitors in on the materials, processes, and
techniques used to make textiles. On view will be rarely seen objects and artifacts from the Academy‟s collection.
The exhibition will feature an interactive area where visitors are encouraged to touch, feel, and try they hand at
making textiles. The Art Studio will be open for textile-related art projects. (For more information visit
Media Contact: Lesa Griffith,; (808) 532-8712 Smithsonian Magazine Museum
Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Tattered Cultures; Mended Histories
Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu HI, 96814
September 6 - 28, 2008; Free
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Presented at the Academy Art Center, this invitational contemporary fiber art exhibition will feature a collection of
artworks by international fiber artists who are members of the Textile Society of America. Tattered Cultures is
curated by Mary Babcock, Assistant Professor and Fibers Area Chair, Department of Art and Art History, University
of Hawaii at Manoa, in collaboration with Carol Khewhok, Curator of the Academy Art Center at the Honolulu
Academy of Arts. The exhibition explores how dominant ideologies of a specific time and place often tatter the
cultural heritage of the less-dominant and culturally diverse. Multitudes of lives and events pass by unnoticed,
distorted and dismissed by the dominant ideologies of a specific time and place. The result is holes and gaps in
human experience and understanding, a tattering of our cultural heritage. This exhibition speaks to the large gaps;
places where the dominant culture has suppressed the voices of other modes of being. It also speaks to the more
subtle tatterings, the ways in which the lack of commemoration of ordinary lives results in impoverished cultures,
cultural fabrics weakened by gaps in recognition, celebration and understanding. For more information visit Media Contact: Lesa Griffith, (808) 532-8712;
 Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Jiyoung Chung: Whisper-Romance III
Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Honolulu, HI 96814
September 6 - 28, 2008; Free
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
This is an installation of colorful Joomchi (handmade Korean paper) works by JiYoung Chung. Chung is a painter,
paper maker, and mixed media artist. She received her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA at
Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. Europe and Asia.
Media Contact: Lesa Griffith, (808) 532-8712;
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Pauahi: A Legacy for Hawaii
Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
Through December 31, 2008; Free to Symposium Attendees
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Castle Memorial Building
Kapa beaters, exquisite kapa cloth, and other decorating utensils from Bishop Museum‟s own fine collection will be
on display in this exhibition which celebrates the contributions of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendent of
King Kamehameha I. Among the other treasures on view are Princess Pauahi‟s feather cape, and a feather cloak of
Kamehameha the Great, For more information visit Media Contact: Donalyn Dela Cruz,
(808) 847-8274;
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Ili Iho: The Surface Within
Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
September 20, 2008 through January 11, 2009; Free to Symposium Attendees
Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; J.M. Long Gallery
Rare kapa cloth, a famous makaloa mat plaited in an eloquent woven protest to the King, spectacular Hawaiian
featherwork, and other significant treasures from Bishop Museum‟s own fine collection will be on display alongside
a selection of contemporary Hawaiian textile arts by eight of Hawaii‟s finest artists. University of Hawaii Associate
Professor Maile Andrade guest-curates this exhibition. Andrade has invited the artists to explore their ancestral
creations and create works that delve into the surfaces within. This exhibition makes imperative the role of the
native community in interpreting and understanding their own material culture. This exhibition is supported in part
by a Visual and Expressive Arts Grant from the Smithsonian‟s National Museum of the American Indian. For more
information visit Media Contact: Donalyn Dela Cruz, (808) 847-8274;
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Fundamental Fiber: Lauhala, Tapa & Quilts
Mission Houses Museum, 553 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
September 19, 2008 through January 3, 2009; Free to TSA Symposium Attendees
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organized in conjunction with the 11th Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium (September 24-27, 2008),
Fundamental Fiber: Lauhala, Tapa & Quilts will feature 19th and 20th century objects from the Museum‟s
permanent collections. Fiber arts traditions are well engrained in Hawaii‟s ancient, modern, and contemporary
cultures. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view rarely seen pieces from the permanent collections
while providing a forum for local weavers and quilt makers to interact and share current techniques and trends.
Extensive public programs are also planned. For more information visit Media Contact:
Nanette Napoleon, (808) 261-0705;
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Beaten and Basted: A Collection of Rare Kapa and Quilts Presented by the Daughters of Hawaii
Queen Emma Summer Palace, 2913 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817
September 20 – October 31, 2008; $6; Free to TSA Symposium Attendees.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily;
Organized by the Daughters of Hawaii, this presentation of Hawaiian quilts and rare kapa cloth displays the unique
styles and techniques of Hawaiian quilt and cloth makers. The rarely displayed quilted patchwork smoking jacket of
King Kamehameha IV, handmade by Queen Emma, will be highlighted at this event. This exhibit will offer
individuals the unique opportunity to view rare Hawaiian quilts and kapa cloth at Queen Emma‟s historic summer
retreat in beautiful Nuuanu Valley. For additional information, please visit Media
Contact: Heidi Johnson. (808) 595-6291;
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Intertwine: A Selection of Hawaii Fiber Art
September 5, 2008 through January 17, 2009
Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Free Admission
Accession highlights extraordinary recent purchases, commissions, and gifts demonstrating the exceptional work
collected by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Intertwine presents a sampling of textile and fiber works from the Art in Public Places Collection. The exhibition
showcases a variety of art spanning several decades, with a mix of styles, media, and techniques expressive of both
traditions and innovation. Also visit the I Love Art Gallery with interactive exhibits and activities related to both
exhibitions. Media Contact; Ken Hamilton, (808) 586-0307;
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Exhibitions at Area Galleries and Showrooms:
Louis Pohl Gallery of Fine Art, 1111 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Free
September 23 through October 18, 2008
With a fine reputation for handwoven—and sometimes handspun and dyed—textiles, members of the Hawaii
Handweavers‟ Hui (HHH) will have a wide array of clothing, bags, decorative accessories, and other wearables on
view at the gallery. All items will be available for immediate sale, so the show will be constantly changing as pieces
are sold and replaced. “There will no doubt be a nice assortment of scarves and shawls of cotton, linen or silk,” says
HHH president Norma Wilson. “Members will submit their pieces which will be reviewed by fashion designers
Takeo Kobayashi and Eric Chandler. Design, color, creativity and wearability will be among the criteria for
acceptance.” The show coincides with the meeting of the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium. HHH is
a 55-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of handweaving by bringing together weavers,
spinners, dyers, fiber artists, and educators who share the joy and passion of the fiber arts. Media Contact: Sidney
Lynch, exhibition chair, may be reached at for more information. For more information about
Louis Pohl Gallery of Fine Arts visit

Fiber Hawaii 2008
The ARTS at Mark’s Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817
September 16 through October 11, 2008; Free
Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tom Grotta Lecture: Tuesday, September 16
Artist Reception: Thursday, September 18
 This popular biennial juried exhibition is sponsored by Hawaii Craftsmen, one of Hawaii‟s most active and
respected arts organizations whose membership includes some of the finest artists and craftsmen in Hawaii. Fiber
Hawaii, a showcase of contemporary art and craft based on fiber traditions, uniquely encourages creative
interpretation of fiber as media as well as idea, offering artists an opportunity to explore their work within the
context of Contemporary Fiber Art. Artists from all media participate in this juried exhibition. This year‟s statewide
juror is Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts (www.browngrotta,com), a virtual gallery from Connecticut. For more
information about Fiber Hawaii visit For more information about ARTS at Marks
Garage visit Media Contact: Rose Anne Jones, Executive Director, (808) 521-3282,

Contemporary Fiber Art of Hawaii
The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, 999 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
September 26, 2008 through January 13, 2009; Free
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This statewide invitational exhibition showcases the cultural and material diversity of contemporary fiber arts being
created by Hawaii‟s artists today. This exhibition coincides with the Textile Society of America‟s 11 th Biennial
Symposium. Contemporary Fiber Art of Hawaii reveals how fiber artists today are combining materials and
techniques to create highly expressive art works. Featured works range from computer generated images
transformed into traditional tapestries to delicate embroidery and quilts exploring political themes. Participating
artists including Pam Barton, Eli Baxter, A. Kimberlin Blackburn, Reiko Brandon, Sharon Britt, Sharon Chinen,
Karen Galley, Keiko Hatano, Pat Hickman, Darius Homay, Jee-un Kim, Nicole Morita, Phan Nguyen Barker,
Walter Nottingham, Anna Peach, Elizabeth Train, Jay Wilson, Carol Yotsuda Kouchi and others. Media Contact:
Pua Lemelle; (808) 237-5235;

Field of Flowers: Mughal Carpets and Treasures
East-West Center Gallery
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 12 noon–4 p.m.; Free
September 21 through December 31, 2008
In mid-seventeenth century Mughal India, the taste for naturalistic floral sprays reached an apogee of artistic
expression. The aesthetic style dominated the arts of South Asia from the 17 th century to the present, and has had an
impact on even Western and Chinese aesthetic traditions. The taste for beautiful floral motifs is seen in a rare pair
of large, unusually-shaped Mughal carpets in the collection at Shangri La, the magnificent Honolulu estate of the
late Doris Duke. Paired together, the carpets form a bold field of flowers with an interior void wherein a person,
most likely a royal personage, would have sat in splendor. The exhibition will include a pedestrian bridge, enabling
visitors to view the carpets more closely. Intricate works of art inspired by Mughal floral patterns, including
brassware, paintings, stonework, woodwork, and textiles will also be displayed. Photographs and video will
demonstrate social and historical context. This exhibition is presented by the East-West Center Arts Program and
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts. The exhibition is co-curated by Michael Schuster, Ph.D., and Sharon
Littlefield, Ph.D. In residence September 21-26: 3rd generation carpet atelier owner Sanjay Kalra and master carpet
weaver Ayyoob Khan both from Agra, India. Media Contact: Michael Schuster, Curator, East-West Center Gallery;

Selections from the University of Hawaii Costume Collection
Miller Hall, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human
Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa
11 a.m. -1 p.m. Monday-Friday; Sunday, September 28: 1-4 p.m.
September 20-30, 2008; Free
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences on the University campus holds one of the most important Asian
and Pacific Island costume collections within a United States university. Miller Hall is immediately adjacent to the
Art Building.
Media Contact:

Pride and Practicality: Japanese Immigrant Clothing in Hawaii
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 S. Beretania St.
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
July 26 through September 27, 2008
Regular Museum Admission
The Japanese immigrants who came to Hawaii in a steady stream beginning in 1885 brought a rich cultural heritage
that included their clothing. At first the issei men and women worked in the fields in the rustic cotton kimono they
brought with them. But those kimono were not practical for moving among the sugar cane with its razor-sharp edges.
As these immigrants came in contact with the diverse ethnic groups in Hawaii, they found useful ideas in the dress
of other cultures. By assimilating these new ideas and combining them with their own traditional ideas, a unique
style of clothing developed. Curated with the help of Barbara Kawakami, important examples of early clothing and
the stories of the immigrants will make this exhibition a poignant reminder of the past.
Media Contact: Christy Takamune, (808) 945-7633; Fax (808) 944-1123; Email:

Ancient Customs, Ancient Stories: Lampung Ceremonial Textiles and Objects
Hamilton Library Bridge Gallery; University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2550 McCarthy Mall
September 8-October 31, 2008; Open daily all Library hours; Free
Examples of remnants of house architecture, ceremonial furniture and objects, mats and beadwork will be shown to
demonstrate their relation to the imagery of textiles from Lampung, the southernmost province of Sumatra,
Indonesia. This exhibition is curated by Garrett and Bronwen Solyom as part of the Textile Society of America site
seminar on textiles from the Malay archipelago and New Guinea. Media Contact: Bronwen Solyom; (808) 956-

Original Bags for Original Women: The Passionate Purse
The Gallery at Ward Centre, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI; (808) 597-8034
August 30 – September 25, 2008; Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Free
Fabric artist Lynda Sakraida is the designer and creator of Hadji Baba Bags in Honolulu, Hawai„i. Her Hadji Baba
Bags are one-of-a-kind creations that are exquisite yet can withstand the rigors of daily use. Lynda uses designer
fabrics in natural materials, and embellishment from around the world. She insists the fabric creates the bag and
each one comes with a bit of mystery. Hadji Baba customers call them “works of art.” For more info: Media Contact: Barbara Edelstein;

Iterate reiterate re
Featuring University of Hawaii Fiber Faculty: Mary Babcock, Maya Portner, and Madeleine Soder
39 Hotel, 39 Hotel Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
September 5 to October 25, 2008; Free to Symposium Members
Tuesday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The (re)iterative act is a means to shift consciousness. A commitment to iterated and re-iterated action -- the
conscious decision to turn back again to repeated action as a creative act -- satisfies the mind‟s desire to engage in
focused decision making while providing space for other levels of consciousness and access to less familiar modes
of comprehension. The common thread between these three artists' work an intentional reliance on repetition in the
process and an interest in the emergent motif. From repetition, pattern results. The pattern contains a motif. The
motif inscribes a motive or reason--in essence, the co-created idea. Media Contact: Mary Babcock,, (808) 956-5260.

The Commons Gallery at the University of Hawaii At Manoa, 2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822
September 21 through October 3, 2008; Free
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Sept. 27, 2008 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This exhibition showcases work by graduate and undergraduate students participating in the UH Fibers program.
This is a mixed-media exploration of body and place.
Media Contact: Mary Babcock,, (808) 956-5260.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Participant September 27, 2008.

Quilts: A Contemporary Celebration
Honolulu Hale, Lane Gallery, 530 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
September 5 through October 2, 2008; Free
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Hawaii Quilt Guild is dedicated to promoting and preserving the culture,
history, knowledge, traditions and understanding of the art of quilt making. This exhibition, held in conjunction with
the Textile Society of America‟s 11th Biennial Symposium, is organized by Mission Houses Museum and features
the work of the Hawaii Quilt Guild. Media Contact: Nanette Napoleon, (808) 261-0705;

Design in Asian Textiles
Robyn Buntin of Honolulu, 848 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
September 15 through October 5, 2008; Free
Hours: Call for Hours – (808) 523-5913
This exhibition features textiles and related arts of Japan and China. The exhibition will explore various textile
designs and techniques through Japanese textile woodblock prints, katagami, kimono, obi, kasuri, tsutsugaki, as well
as Chinese robes, embroideries, Miao garments, and kossu/kesi. Drawing from the owner, Robyn and Judy Buntin‟s
personal collection of kasuri acquired over 25 years ago in Japan, and several private collections including over 100
fine hand-carved katagami (stencils) created in the 19th century and another collection of Miao minority
embroidered baby carriers and garments. Media Contact: Aisha Buntin, (808) 523-5913; Email:

Twists and Turns: Contemporary Textiles in Hawaii Today
The Exhibit Space at 1132 Bishop; 1132 Bishop Street, Honolulu, 96813;
September 18-October 30, 2008; Free
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is an exhibition of news works by such artists as Mary K. Babcock, Liz Train, Dieter Runge, Yoonshin Park,
Maya Portner, Janice Lessman-Moss, Karen Gally, Helen M. Friend, Emily Du Bois, Sharon Britt, Elsha Bonhert,
A. Kimberlin Blackburn. These twelve artists present elegant and edgy textile work from the feminine, dreamy,
experimental, flamboyant, and woven. Works on display are expressing ideas of whimsy and myth, thoughts that
are self-reflective and seductive, and materials that are organic and hard edge. Media Contact: David Behlke,
(808) 599-5009;

Exhibitions at Area Hotels:
Pacific Island Textiles as Status, Wealth, Genealogy, Supernatural Protection
Outrigger Waikiki Hotel
Lobby Koa Showcase, 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
September 8 – October 10, 2008
Worn or displayed, woven or plaited, these textiles from the Pacific Islands are both utilitarian and ceremonial,
secular and sacred. In the Marshall Islands they provided clothing before the introduction of trade clothes. In Fiji,
masi is essential for all ceremonies from birth to death as well as for the ordination of chiefs. In Tonga large nagatu
honor their king, smaller ones wrap bridal couples and bury the dead. In Yap and the outer islands of Ulithi,
supernatural powers are believed woven into machi worn only by chiefs. From Papua New Guinea and the
Marquesas women have utilized traditional bark cloth to express their creativity and earn much needed cash.
Caroline Yacoe is serving as consulting curator. Textiles on view will include Marshall Island mats and kili bags;
Fiji masi including a wedding set; Tongan ngatu; Samoan siapo; Colinwood Bay tapa from Papua New Guinea;
Marquesan tapa from the breadfruit tree; woven burial shroud from the highlands in Papua New Guinea; and
Hawaiian five-layer kapa moe. Several photographs will also be included featuring images of a Tongan woman
painting ngatu; a Fijian wedding couple in masi; tapa worn by dancing men of Papau New Guinea; and tapa from
Media Contact: Marylou Foley, (808) 924-6040;
         The Textile Society of America gratefully acknowledges the Department of Business, Economic
Development & Tourism (DBEDT) of the State of Hawaii for its support of the 11 th Biennial Symposium in
Honolulu. Other support has been provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Evergrand
Museum of Taiwan.
         The Textile Society of America (TSA) provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination
of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social and technical
perspectives. TSA was established in 1987 and has over 500 members worldwide.
         For more information about the 11th Biennial Textile Society of America Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii,
visit, or contact Tom Klobe at

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