Textile Society of America


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Textiles as Cultural Expressions: Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, September 24–27, 2008, Honolulu, Hawaii


Copyright 2008 by the author.


Aloha and Welcome

The Hawai‘i Organizing Committee for the11th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America and the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel extend Hawai‘i’s fabled aloha to scholars, artists, museum and gallery professionals, educators, and textile enthusiasts from around the world.

Honolulu, the cosmopolitan capital of the state of Hawai‘i, is a meeting place of Western, Asian, and Pacific cultures, languages, and arts. Hawai‘i’s rich international diversity provides an appropriate site for discourse on the symposium theme Textiles as Cultural Expressions.

We are delighted that the symposium program is strongly international with presenters from East and Southeast Asia, the Pacific region, Europe, and the Americas. The collective expertise of TSA members informs the entire program of the symposium and provides the opportunity to gain inspiration from the knowledge and research of our colleagues.

Site seminars, exhibitions, and tours focusing on Asian and Pacific textiles are offered throughout Honolulu at major museums, galleries, and art institutions. Local researchers, artists, and teachers look forward to sharing our abundant textile resources, particularly of Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asian textile traditions, many of which are rarely available or known outside of Hawai‘i.