Vietnam to Host the 4th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium

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Mar. 15 – Vietnam will be hosting the 4th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium this week from March 15-18 in the province of Thai Nguyen.

The event, themed “Traditions, Innovations and Interactions: Paving a Creative Path for Traditional Textiles of Southeast Asia”, expects to bring in more than 200 international and domestic guests, in addition to over 100 traditional weavers from all 10 ASEAN countries, Canada, Japan, India and the United States.

Nguyen Van Tinh, Head of Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s International Cooperation Department, stated that it will be the first time that Vietnam will host such a large event.

The symposium will begin with a three-day trade fair with 15 international and 60 Vietnamese stalls, followed by a fashion show that will take place over three nights. The fashion show will showcase the traditional dress and cultures of ASEAN’s various ethnic groups.

Furthermore, a variety of cultural activities will take place during the symposium in workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations. In addition, there will be two scientific workshops. The first will focus on the transition of traditional weaving villages to light industry, while the second will focus on the preservation of woven and embroidered fabrics in museums.

Vietnam will be represented at the symposium by members of the Vietnam Textiles Association, craftsmen from traditional weaving villages of 11 different ethnic groups, designers, manufacturers and researchers.

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