Event Types
Nov 14, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Nov 19, 2017
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

This will be a personal history of Jerry Nelson,  title and emphasis may change;  stay tuned. 

Jerry Nelson
Nov 21, 2017
Nov 28, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

We are delighted to be able to accommodate DG Nithi & Rotary Ann Salaithip Soongswang by holding this special meeting. 

District Governor's Official Visit (confirmed)
Dec 07, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Dec 19, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Dec 26, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Jan 16, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Patrick Keeney
Jan 16, 2018 7:00 PM
Jan 20, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Jan 23, 2018
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Jan 23, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Jan 30, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
PDG David Kennedy, Rotary District 9700
Feb 06, 2018 7:00 PM
Feb 15, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Feb 20, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Feb 27, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Mar 03, 2018
9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
United States Consul General Jennifer Harhigh
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 17, 2018 11:30 AM –
Mar 18, 2018 1:00 PM

Hmong Threads of Life
Traditional Hmong Textiles of the Golden Triangle
A Presentation by Victoria Vorreiter


Over the millennia, the Hmong have developed an astonishingly rich culture as they migrated from their source in
the far reaches of northern China along mountaintops that flank the great rivers of Southeast Asia, finally finding
sanctuary in the foothills of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar, and further in the four corners of the world.
A traditional, self-reliant people living close to the earth—keenly attuned to the rotations of the sun and moon,
the cycles of seasons, and the wheel of life—the Hmong have created a complex, all-encompassing belief system
rooted in animism. Frequent rites, ceremonies, and festivals are performed throughout the year to maintain
harmony between the world of man and the realm of spirits.
The Hmong of the Golden Triangle are composed of numerous groups and subgroups that display diverse
customs and speak a range of regional dialects. Despite such diversity of practices and vernacular, the Hmong
find commonality in shared tenets that permeate their way of life, worldview, oral tradition, and craftsmanship.
Of all the characteristics that distinguish the Hmong subculture divisions, none is more striking than the
variations found in their clothing. While it is true that “a common thread” runs through untold generations and
throughout the vast Hmong diaspora, these threads are woven, dyed, tailored, embroidered, and embellished in
spectacularly distinctive ways—ways that identify the group while displaying the unique artistry of the Hmong
seamstresses who meticulously fashion every piece for each family member through the cycles of their lives.
Victoria Vorreiter, an American researcher, photographer, and filmmaker, highlights the traditional garments
and fabrication practices of the Hmong of Laos and Thailand through Hmong Threads of Life, a dynamic
presentation enhanced by a wealth of vivid photographs and textiles of the Hmong who create and wear them.
Victoria has spent over a decade documenting the traditional music, ceremonies, and culture of the highland
peoples of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and China. This has resulted in an extensive body of work, beginning with
the Songs of Memory: Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle book, compact disc, and multi-media exhibit
showcasing the six major ethnic groups in the region: Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Mien, Hmong, and Karen. These
collections have appeared at the East-West Center, Hawaii; the Jim Thompson Center, Bangkok; the University
of Mandalay, Myanmar; the Golden Triangle Gallery, Chicago; and the Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Center.
Of late Victoria has delved specifically into Hmong traditions, creating an archives that consists of an in-depth
book and film, Hmong Songs of Memory: Traditional Secular and Sacred Hmong Music, and a manylayered
exhibition, Hmong Songs of Memory, Hmong Threads of Life, launched in Chiang Mai in 2016, which
includes a variety of integrative components—photographs, a film, a comprehensive collection of musical
instruments, artifacts, and full textiles of the four major Hmong subgroups in Laos and Thailand.
Victoria Vorreiter

Victoria Vorreiter
Mar 20, 2018 7:00 PM
Apr 10, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM