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November 19-23, 2017


Brunei Darussalam


245 Tickets


24 Professional Speakers

Hosted by / Negara Brunei Darussalam

THEME:  Upholding Traditions for Sustainable Future: Golden Ties that Bind

faviconThe ASEAN Textile symposium begins with the first Symposium held in Indonesia in December 2005 organised by Himpunan Wastraprema, the Association of Indonesian Traditional Textiles and the ASEAN Secretariat. The ASEAN member countries, including Brunei Darussalam was invited to send participants and other interested parties to take part in the symposium. In February 2009, the second symposium was held in the Philippines with the support of the ASEAN Foundation. During that time, ASEAN Traditional Textiles Art Community (ASEAN TTAC) was successfully established with a signed representation by members of ASEAN countries, including Brunei Darussalam.  The establishment of the ASEAN-TTAC is intended to be a platform to ensure the continuity of the existence of traditional textiles and serve as a place to build the network and increasing capacity and sharing of information.  At that time it was also decided to organise a symposium every two years with individual ASEAN countries takes turn as a host. The third symposium was held in Malaysia in March 2011, and the fourth is in Vietnam in March 2013. The 5th symposium was held at Chiang Mai on 18-22 January 2015.  Brunei Darussalam will host the 6th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium.

The ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to promote and market their products of traditional textiles. The core of this symposium aimed to preserve and promote the traditional textiles in ASEAN countries.  This includes sharing in the uses of new techniques in production, as well as to promote innovations that lead to increased demand for traditional textiles at the world market.

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Provide a platform for traditional textile specialists, researchers, students and entrepreneurs to come together to discuss and exchange ideas in support of the preservation efforts and ensure the sustainability of natural woven and textile production in the region.

Disseminate research results on several dimensions of traditional textiles and issuing findings that are adaptable for use in the production of traditional textiles.

Strengthen ASEAN-TTAC in expanding efforts to promote and preserve traditional textiles and broadening networks;

Promote new art techniques of textiles weaving to increase production of new textiles creation;

To increase the capacity of the traditional textile industry to enter a wider market.

Schedule / *subject to change

Arrival of guests

  • Recitation of Al-Fatihah
  • Welcoming speech
  • Official launching speech by GOH
  • Keynote speech by Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah (Sustainability of Traditional Textiles.)
  • Viewing exhibition and group photo
  • Refreshment (Secretariat room)
  • Viewing Expo (Ground floor, The Mall)

Presentation of country paper

  1. Cambodia: Mr. Siyonn Sophearith
  2. Indonesia: Dr. A.A.Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik | The Connection Between Traditional Textiles And Dance In Bali
  3. Laos: Dr Linda Susan McIntosh
  4. Malaysia: Tengku Putri Maria Tengku Ibrahim

Special Lecture

Professor Michael Howard | Loincloths and Silly Shirts: Textile and Dress Traditions in Southeast Asia and Contemporary Male Dress

Presentation of country paper

  1. Myanmar: Dr. Daw Aye Aye Oo
  2. Philippines: Dr. Norma Respicio | Textiles of the Yakan of Basilan - an island in South Western Mindanao

Presentation of Country paper

  1. Singapore: Mr John Ang | Connecting The Disconnected Through Textiles Of The Malay Maritime Empire.
  2. Thailand: Associate Professor Dr Sitthichai Smanchat | Vietnam: Dr Nguyen Thi Ngan

Closing Ceremony Dinner

ASEAN Cultural Night and Presentation of Symposium Banner to the next Host for 2019 Venue: Songket Ballroom

Visit to Kampong Senukoh, Labu

  • Welcoming Performance: The Murut’s traditional dance (Umak Ruma)
  • A short briefing on Kampung Senukoh
  • Activities: - The Murut traditional dance and traditional costume display. - Making “Kelupis and Wajid”, the Kedayan traditional food. - Demonstration of making ‘Bahai and Bayung’, the Kedayan handicraft - The Kedayan traditional game “Tilu-Tilan”. - Demonstration of “Mengamping” the Kedayan activities after harvesting the padi - Demonstration of “Senukoh


Venue: Freme Lodge

Arrive at Kampong Kiudang

Venue: Kg Kiudang
  • Handicraft making demonstration
  • Jawi writing demonstration
  • Herbal tea production demonstration
  • Ethnic culture show


Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah

Brunei Darussalam

Professor Michael Howard


Assistant Professor Dr Sitthichai Smanchat


Tengku Putri Marina binti Tengku Ibrahim


Dr Daw Aye Aye Oo


Dr Linda Susan McIntosh


Dr Nguyen Thi Ngan


Mr John Ang


Siti Kamila binti Hj Mohd Azrae

Brunei Darussalam

Dr. A.A.Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik


Dr. Norma Respicio


Mr. Siyonn Sophearith


Nazreen Hj Amin

Brunei Darussalam

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Participation is open for traditional cloth specialists, researchers, academics, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, students and collectors of traditional cloths from ASEAN countries and others.   Interested government officials, entrepreneurs and students as well as members of the public from Brunei Darussalam and abroad are also welcome.

Registration / Fees

Early bird Registration

USD $170.00

 until June 30,2017


USD $50.00

International students

2-Day Expo

USD $200.00

September 30, 2017

Standard Registration

USD $200.00

July – September 2017

Local Students

BND $50.00

Brunei students

Golf Promotional Packages

As low as BND $170.00

The Empire Hotel and Country Club & RBA Golf Culb

Local participant registration

BND $150.00


2-Day Study Tour

USD $200.00

September 30,2017

Symposium FAQS / find your answers

Exhibitors and entrepreneurs are welcome to participate.  Space for exhibition and expo is available for rent at the rate of USD 200.00 for the size of 3 by 3 metres.

The registration fee is payable to:

Bank account Name: Tabung Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Account No. 06-00130-265788
Bank 's Name: Baiduri Bank Berhad

Bank's Address:
Block A & B, Kiarong Complex,
Lebuhraya Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah,
Bandar Seri Begawan BE1318, Negara Brunei Darussalam

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The symposium is expected to be held on 19-23 November 2017. Few significant events commemorating the following:
50th establishment of ASEAN.
The overall proposed symposium will be held for five (5) days, including two (2) day study tour to places associated with the productions and use of traditional cloth as well as a visit to the Museum.


The Symposium will be co-organized by Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Ministry Primary Resources and Tourism and Ministry of Home Affairs .

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Event Location

Rizqun International Hotel
Abdul Razak Complex,
Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei Darussalam. BE3519

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Secretariat / 6th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium 2017

Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah

Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong
Brunei Darussalam. BE1410

Email: aseantextiles.symposium@ubd.edu.bn

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