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Legend and Lustre – Jim Thompson and Thai Silk Denise Heywood Wednesday 10 June 2020

Jim Thompson arrived in Bangkok as a US Army officer in 1945, fell in love with it and stayed.  Captivated by the beauty of Thai silk he resuscitated an ancient craft in decline and made it famous, creating costumes for films and embellishing his historic house, now a museum.  This talk tells the story of his achievements, showing the process of silk production and its heritage, touching on films, his house and art collection and reflects on a life which ended with his mysterious disappearance.

Art historian, author, lecturer, photographer and journalist Denise Heywood has been a scholar of Southeast Asian art since working in Cambodia in the 1990s; her books subjects include Buddhist temples of Laos and Cambodian dance.  As well as leading cultural tours she lectures extensively worldwide, including for, the British Museum and Royal Geographical Society and writes for art, literary and travel publications.