About the Conference

The ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium began with the first symposium in Indonesia in December 2005 and was hosted by the Himpunan Wastraprema and the ASEAN Secretariat. ASEAN member nations were invited to send participants as well as other interested parties. The second symposium was held in the Philippines in February 2009 with support from the ASEAN Foundation. The symposium was a success. It was decided at that time to conduct a symposium every two years with every ASEAN nation taking a turn as host. The third symposium was held in Malaysia in March 2011, and the fourth was in Vietnam in March 2013. Between 150 to 200 participants, including textile experts, researchers, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, students and interested persons attended. Each symposium has had a variety of activities including presentations by invited expert speakers, presentations of research output related to textiles, discussions and exchanges regarding conservation of traditional textiles from each country as well as other customs related to the manufacture of products from cloth and other products of member nations, and also a fashion show. The purpose is to enhance and conserve the textiles of ASEAN nations, improvement through using new techniques, in order to be able to produce textiles of quality and quantity, as well as innovation in production to expand markets for ASEAN cloth in the world market. Toward this end, researchers, textile experts, entrepreneurs and other interested persons together with faculty members from Payap University have participated in these conferences consistently in the past.

When Professor Michael Howard, a member of the executive committee of ASEAN TTAC, visited Payap University in the month of February 2013, he invited Payap University to be host of the Fifth Symposium in 2015. The Administrative Committee of the university agreed to be host as invited. So, top administrators from Payap University went to observe the Fourth Symposium in Vietnam in order to be better prepared to conduct the subsequent symposium. The Interim President of Payap submitted a video report as to how Payap University and the Province of Chiang Mai are ready to host the next symposium. In the closing ceremony of the Fourth Symposium the Payap Interim President received a banner as the next host from the Vietnam hosts. Payap is very conscious that this is a conference at the international level which calls for cooperation from many sectors, both public and private, inasmuch as Payap University is conducting this symposium in behalf of the Kingdom of Thailand. Therefore, Payap University submitted the concept to the executive director of the “Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn” (RSPG) to be a co-host together with Payap University of the 5th Traditional Textile Symposium. When affirmative responses were received the university had already been proceeding to secure support from various other public and private entities to conduct the symposium to enhance the reputation of Thailand and Chiang Mai academically, and in terms of arts and culture, and tourism. It happens that the date for the 5th symposium in 2015 coincides with the sixtieth birthday anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Payap University therefore is desirous to have this event serve as part of the celebration.