After a slide show, Kongthong delivered a very personal exhibition of the textiles she had brought with her. Kongthong, who studied and received a Masters degree in Russia, returned to Laos to dedicate herself to weaving. The Maiwa presentation was one in a series given to raise the profile of Laotian textiles. Karen Selk, of Treenway Silks (www.treenwaysilks.com) organized a similar event on Salt Spring Island and in Victoria, BC.
Kongthong was overwhelmed with the turnout and extremely happy with the sales. She returned to Laos the following day.
Photo: Karen Selk of Treenway Silks, Kongthong of the Phaeng Mai Gallery, and Charllotte Kwon of Maiwa.