Sunday, January 6, 2008

Tent Bands of Central Asia and The Textile Museum Associates of Southern California

I wrote about the tent band presentation in my previous post. It was held in my rug gallery on 1655 South La Cienega Blvd, yesterday, Saturday January 5, 2008. The attendance was very good. Almost all of our seats were occupied. As expected, the lecture by Richard Isacson was well presented and well received. We had refreshments at 10:00 am. Every body chatted and talked with old and new friends. We started the program at 10:30. First, David Ruderman, the president of the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California welcomed everybody and made few little announcements. The Cheri Hunter, the program chair of the TMA/SC introduced the speaker. She also thanked me and my family for hosting the event in our Persian and Oriental rug gallery.

The program was accompanied by a slide show and a powerpoint presentation. My older son, Ashkan is the It Chair and the honorary tech man of the society. He helped Richard Isacson to set up the projector and his Mac computer. Mac computers are wonderful for graphics and some other academic jobs, but are not perfectly compatible with digital projectors and other types of digital equipments. But Ashkan made a way to make it work. It was a very interesting topic and the content of the speech was also well prepared and well presented. The last part, the "Show & Tell" was very interesting. Many people had brought their tent bands from their collections. They showed the tent bands to the crowd and talked about them. Richard Isacson commented about each piece and some of the people from the audience also added comments. Everybody enjoyed the program. It was fun and educational. I will try to post the photos of the event on our website: in a few days. We in Los Angeles are lucky to be a part of this wonderful association which provides us with this unique educational and wonderful forum.

The website of the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California is under final review and it will be up and running in the near future. Then, we will have all the information on the past and future events posted on the website.

Khosrow Sobhe

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