Thai Materials Exhibit to Open at Material ConneXion Next Week

By danielle

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After my three-week honeymoon in Thailand, I’ve fallen in love with the country’s creative culture. Travelling by moped from Bo-Sang Village known for its hand-painted paper parasols to intricate woodcarvings of Baan Tawai, we quickly saw that Thailand’s artisanal community is what drives its economy. Now, thanks to Material ConneXion Bangkok and the Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC), the creativity, diversity and ingenuity of materials made in Thailand will be on view right here in NYC.  Papers made with banana plant fibers, edible packaging derived from Casava starch, bio-active fabrics made with bacteria cultured with fruit juice, and eco-friendly inks that contain vegetable and soybean oil in place of harsh chemicals represent just a cross-section of the exciting material developments emerging from this country. Thai Materials demonstrates how Thailand’s local materials, customs and traditions have become an important factor in the country’s modernization and globalization, helping both to distinguish its export products while increasing international awareness of its strong cultural identity.

When: Opening Night: July 19, 6 – 8 PM

Exhibit: July 19 – August 31, 2011

Where: Material ConneXion, 60 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor, NYC

 

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