A COMMUN I T Y OF I N T E R E S T: T H E T A A S A T E X T I L E G R OUP – TAASA Review December 2011


This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 12).

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J u dith R u th e r f ord Eighteen years ago (1993) on one of my visits to Hong Kong, I spoke with Diana Collins about the idea of forming a textile study group in Sydney and hopefully, long term, linking up with similar groups in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Diana, an Australian conservator and Hong Kong resident was in the process of forming the Hong Kong Textile Society.

We both felt that such groups would assist in promotion, appreciation and understanding of traditional textiles and so lift the profile of textiles as a formal area of study. Looking back it seems hard to believe there was still a perception that textiles were `women’s work’ and not really to be considered as serious cultural works of art...