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Carol Cassidy Brings Laotian Silk Weaving to Asia Society New York




Silk "rainbow" scarves by Lao Textiles, the company founded by Carol Cassidy.

Silk "rainbow" scarves by Lao Textiles, the company founded by Carol Cassidy.

UPDATE 2013: Carol Cassidy returns to Asia Society New York from 12:30-3:30 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 and Saturday, April 6, 2013 to showcase an expansive array of her latest textiles including her signature brocades, jacquard weaves and ikats. More details here.

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NEW YORK — Today through Saturday, Asia Society's AsiaStore is hosting Lao Textiles founder Carol Cassidy, who will display a wide range of her latest silk scarves and wall hangings and sign copies of her book Weaving Tradition.

A weaver since she was 17 years old, Cassidy arrived in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, as a textile expert working for the United Nations in 1989. A year later the Laotian government granted her a license to start Lao Textiles, making her the first American to run a business in the communist country.

Lao Textiles was founded specifically to revitalize the once-flourishing Laotian textile sector, via weavings that combine centuries-old techniques with a modern sensibility.

Slideshow: Carol Cassidy and Lao Textiles

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Video: Carol Cassidy explains creativity behind Laotian weaving techniques (7 min., 1 sec.)

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