Travel with Deb to Southeast Asia and learn about the simple looms used to create intricate patterns. We'll compare loom mechanisms and their differences in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. We'll also look at how reeds are handmade to order. Towards the end of the seminar, those who are interested will learn about making heddles by hand. Deb will have sample textiles and tools for you to touch and look at. This program is the result of a 2000 and 2002 Research Expedition Program with the University of California Davis and independent trips in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 to Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma.
Deb likes to help people rediscover the skill of textile weaving, appreciate the textiles in our surrounding museums, and understand the link between our present and our past in the world of textile production. She is an independent scholar; her current specialty focus is the study of Lao weaving technology and how this technique may be applied to her own textiles. She is currently expanding her study to Cambodia and Burma in light of their geographic relationship to Laos.