CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks: Maren Beck and Joshua Hirschstein “Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition and Well-Being

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery, Coos Bay


Online bookings are not currently available for this event. Admission, if applicable, is payable at the front desk.






Spouses Maren Beck and Joshua Hirschstein have been exploring
and documenting the traditional textile arts of Laos and Vietnam since
2005.  They are the owners of Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art
(, and the authors of “Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe
Laos: Textiles, Tradition and Well-Being” (Thrums Books, 2017).

The traditional weavers of NE Laos, and in particular the
Lao Loum and Tai Daeng people of Xam Tai in remote Houaphan Province, have
been weaving beautiful and intricate silk textiles under their homes for
over 250 contiguous generations; it has been their means of transmitting
their cultural inheritance as well as a backbone of the local economy.

Today, the art of sericulture, textile and loom design, natural dyeing and
weaving is still vital and central, and the dedication to textile creation
continues to provide a cultural and economic foundation for the people of
the region. The encroachment of the modern world provides new challenges
and opportunities for these artists as they seek to adapt with their
cultural integrity intact.

Join Maren and Josh as they share their knowledge, photos, and stories of
this unique textile-based culture.

SE Asian textiles will be for sale before and after the talk, with 20% of sale proceeds benefiting the museum.

Doors open at 6pm
Museum exhibits and store open until 8:30pm
Free with paid museum admission
CHM Members get in free

First Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Al Peirce Company with additional support from The Mill Casino.

All events subject to change.