Visit to Wat Lao Rattanaram with Master Tiao Somsanith

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Wat Lao Rattanaram. Photo by Graeme Vanderstoel.

Visit to Wat Lao Rattanaram with Master Tiao Somsanith

When: 
June 30, 2019
Time: 
11:00 am
Place: 
Wat Lao Rattanaram, 2417 Barrett Avenue, Richmond
Fee: 
$25 Society members; $30 non-members, includes lunch

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Come and join us for a visit to the Wat Lao Rattaram in downtown Richmond, the spiritual home of the Laotian community in the Bay Area. We will see a demonstration of Laotian stencils and samples of Laotian textiles by Master Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith. We will also be served a typical Laotian lunch prepared by the community in the temple.

Master Tiao Somsanith grew up as a child of royal lineage in 1960's Luang Prabang, Laos. He was surrounded by courtly arts, such as painting, lacquer, embroidery and dance. Even though embroidery was a woman's work, the young Tiao Nith apprenticed until he reached the level of a mo, a gold embroidery expert. In addition, he became a medical doctor and practiced in rural Laos, and later practiced psychology in France. Tiao Nith returned to Laos where he has spent over a decade reviving the traditional arts. He has just been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres for his work as an embroiderer by the French Government.

 

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