Friday Evening Lecture - Laos - From Historic Buddhist Temples to Modern Silk Weaving

Friday Evening Lecture - Laos - From Historic Buddhist Temples to Modern Silk Weaving

High in the mist-shrouded mountains of Laos, by the broad Mekong River, is Luang Prabang, a town of glittering Buddhist temples and saffron-robed monks. This lecture will explore the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage site. That status also acknowledges the French colonial architecture, in addition to the traditional temples. The contemporary living arts, including the headdresses and jewellery worn by hill tribes, and in particular, the shimmering silk weaving of Laos, with a wealth of ancient patterns and glorious colours, will also be discussed. Of intricate and exceptional beauty, the ancient silk crafts have recently been revived.

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