About the Conference

The ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium began with the first symposium in Indonesia in December 2005 and was hosted by ASEAN Traditional Textile Arts Community (ASEAN TTAC) . 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.

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