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