Hand Woven Thai Textiles: The Tai Lue Project
Fashion designer Alison Welsh is leading a British Council Crafting Futures Project in Thailand. This talk will provide an overview of the Tai Lue Project within the wider context of hand made Thai Textiles. She is currently working in collaboration with Tai Lue weavers from the Silalang community in Nan province, developing new garments using traditional hand-woven cotton textiles. The project has explored methods of equipping local artisans with design thinking and the ability to integrate their cultural identity into their cloth in an authentic and thoughtful way.
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Alison Welsh is Head of Fashion Research at Manchester Metropolitan University. She graduated in Fashion Design at Newcastle Polytechnic in 1981 and went on to work as a menswear designer and trend forecaster in London for 10 years. Alison headed up the award-winning BA (Hons) Fashion course within the Manchester School of Art for twenty years before she became a Fashion Researcher.
As a practicing designer, she has a special interest in slow fashion, ethical practices, the hand-made and methods of valuing the work of everyone involved within garment production. Her fashion work advocates high value for contemporary craft within garment design, and incorporates environmentally friendly textiles. Her work is widely disseminated, with projects such as The Tai Lue Project exhibited in Thailand, Tokyo and in the Netherlands, Field to Fashion exhibited in New Delhi and Hand Made, which was also exhibited in Tokyo.