The 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium, Chiang Mai, Thailand


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.

Each symposium has had a variety of activities including presentations by invited expert speakers, presentations of research outputs related to textiles, and discussions and exchanges regarding conservation of traditional textiles from each country. It also included other issues related to the manufacture of products from cloth and other products of member nations. Lastly, there were also fashion shows to exhibit traditional textiles. The core objective of these symposiums was to preserve and promote traditional textiles of ASEAN nations. This included sharing improvements gained through using new techniques in production, as well as innovations which led to the expansion in demand for ASEAN cloth in the world market. Towards 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.

Payap University is very conscious that this is a conference at the international level which calls for cooperation from many sectors, both public and private, in as much as Payap University is conducting this symposium on 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 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.

The objectives of the 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium:

  1. To celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
  2. To advance the traditional textile communities of ASEAN and neighboring nations
  3. To promote cooperation among experts and those interested in traditional textiles in exchanging knowledge, building understanding about traditional textures, production techniques, art of weaving, dying and printing cloth, local customs that influence cloth production, local wisdom, and innovations regarding the processes of textile production
  4. To conserve and expand traditional textiles among ASEAN members and neighboring countries
  5. To disseminate research regarding several dimensions of traditional textiles and to publicize the findings at the local level so it might be adapted for use in production of traditional textiles.
  6. To publicize Thai traditional textiles and customs
  7. To expand ASEAN traditional textile sales and traditional textile products through those who attend the symposium, including the general public
  8. To demonstrate the preparedness of Thailand and Chiang Mai province to conduct international conferences

Call for Papers

This conference provides a unique opportunity for weavers, artisans, scientists, scholars/experts, researchers, entrepreneurs, students, and decision-makers to present new innovations in traditional textile production and sharing research results, as well as practical experiences. As such, participants will be contributing to the collective goal of promoting and preserving the art of traditional textiles in Southeast Asia. The Organizing Committee of the Symposium, therefore, announces this Call for Papers for all interested parties to contribute a paper on the following key topics:
  • Dying cloth using natural dyes
  • Using natural fibers
  • Conserving and developing traditional textiles
  • Developing commercial traditional textiles

Please send your abstract and full-length paper to the Symposium Secretariat, Ms. Maneeporn Somkultawee,

Tel: +66 53 851-478 ext. 7240

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: September 15, 2014
  • Notification of paper acceptance: October 30, 2014
  • Deadline for paper submission: November 30, 2014
  • Deadline for presentation document (pdf): December 20, 2014
Authors can register and send us abstracts of papers in advance of the deadline.

Guidelines for Authors

Articles that meet the requirements will be edited and published in the Symposium Proceeding.

Format and style: The required text font is 11-point Arial. The Title is to be given in 12-point Arial, bold typeface. Running headers should be given in 9pt Arial. Please submit as a Ms Word document or PDF file. The paper size is A4.

Language: English

Length: From 3 to 10 pages including all sections of the paper from the Title to the References)

Page running headers: Pages of the papers should have a centered running header of Main Author Name - The 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium. For example, a paper submitted by Josef Somare would use the follow running header:

Josef Somare - The 5th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium

Structure of papers:

Title: A concise and informative title

Author: A list of author names and affiliations. For each author please state the full name, title, position, and organization) and full contact details (e.g., e-mail address and phone number).

Abstract: A concise and factual abstract is required (maximum 300 words).

Keywords: A list of keywords (maximum 5 words) to be used for indexing purposes.

Introduction: The background to the paper.

Aims: A statement of the objectives of the work

Research Concept: A statement of the core theory and concept of the research and its relation to previous findings

Methodology: A description of the methods and procedures used

Results: A clear and concise description of the results of the study and/or experiments

Summary: An explanation of the significance of results and conclusions of the study

Acknowledgements: A list of individuals who provided help during the research

References: A list of the sources cited in the paper given in APA style

Contact Information

For further information regarding the symposium, please contact the following:

Ms. Maneeporn Somkultawee, Secretariat
Tel: +66 53 851-478 ext. 7240