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Pamela Cross

Site founder and editor. For information on Pamela and the importance of textiles in her life see Textiles in the life of Pamela A Cross. See details of approved use of Pamela's photos from the tribaltextiles.info site. Contact Pamela to request use of photos or to comment on the tribaltextiles.info website.

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson, an engineer and economist, worked in the Philippines for seven years. He is now a procurement engineer for Aker Kvaerner, the Anglo Norwegian construction contractor. During his time in the Philippines Eric researched the Kalinga material culture as a hobby and the research resulted in the CD Rom "Kalinga Costumes". This monograph treats Kalinga for the first time as a group of tribes rather than as a single tribe. Eric has spoken on the subject at the Ayala Library in Manila, at the People's Ethnographic Museum in Stockholm and at the Textile Society of Hong Kong. Eric's collection of Kalinga textiles is one of the largest private collections in the world and consists of well over 100 important antique textiles. See his article on the textiles of the Northern Luzon highlands

Chris Buckley

Chris Buckley is a collector of ethnic textiles - see his Torana tribal website selling ethnic minority textiles and Asian art - but he is better known to Beijing residents as the "Tibetan carpet guy". Chris is originally from England and came to China in 1995, having previously lived in Japan, where he acquired a taste for things handmade and an appreciation for texture. He used to work for a multinational company but that is a long time in the past now: these days he spends most of his time on his Tibetan carpet business. He has a workshop near Lhasa making Tibetan carpets the traditional way, with designs that are mostly by him, and that are sold in his stores in Beijing and Shanghai as well as to individual clients and interior designers overseas. More about his Tibetan carpet business can be found on his Toranahouse website. He is also interested in Tibetan crafts generally and in painted furniture in particular, a subject he wrote a book about. Chris can be contacted via his websites. See his Weaving Li Minority "Brocade": travel notes from his June 2010 visit to Hainan and his August 2010 Textile travel notes from Eastern Flores and Lembata.

Jose Casal

Our web technical consultant! Jose and Pamela were formerly colleagues at the University of Kent. It is thanks to Jose that the significantly upgraded tribaltextiles.info/community forum was launched in early July 2003 based on his expertise in web technology and enthusiasm for building web communities.

Tony Chen Hualong

Tony Chen Hualong is a Miao from Langde village in Guizhou province, China. Tony is an educated young man who spent the first 18 years of his life in his Miao village before leaving to go to university. He both believes in science and technology and yet is imbuded with the spriritual traditions of the background in which he grew up. Tony works as a tour operator. See his website www.alongdiscovery.com. See his articles on the Miao in Guizhou. Contact Tony,

Monique Derwig

Monique Derwig lives in Valkenburg, a small city in the south of Holland where she works as a teacher in a school for physically disabled children. All her life she has made all kind of things with her hands. This, combined with her hunger for travelling, her interest in life and culture from other countries, her love of children and her love of photography has led to her biggest hobby: collecting children’s clothing. After buying a piece she wants to know as much as possible about the it - the materials, techniques, symbols…… In her spare time Monique is the chairperson of Association Kumari providing help for two projects for disabled children in Kathmandu, Nepal for which she travels at least once a year to Nepal. See her article 'Treasure hunt' in Thailand based on her trip to the country in March 2005. Contact Monique

Andrew Dudley

Andrew Dudley lives in Taiwan. He has been collecting textiles since 1996 and his collection consists mainly of batik, but also some embroidery, from south east Guizhou, predominantly of the Ge Jia, White Collar Miao and Rao Jia. See Ge Jia textiles: baby carriers and Ge Jia textiles: jackets for some of the fine Ge Jia textiles from his collection and the sharing of his expertise on these textiles. Contact Andrew.

Nick Fielding

Nick Fielding is editor of the Newsletter of the Oxford Asian Textile Group. Nick is also an award winning investigative journalist with wide experience of reporting terrorism and intelligence issues. For seven years he was a senior reporter on the The Sunday Times where he covered the aftermath and implications of the 9/11 attacks, reporting from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Far East. He also wrote extensively on the animal rights movement in Britain. Nick recently finished a film for al-Jazeera on the investigation into the death of former Osama bin Laden associate, Jamal Khalifa, which involved him traveling to Madagascar and the southern Philippines. See his short article on Aljamelah Inaul Weaving and Sewing Center - Mindanao. Contact Nick.

Suzi Garner

Suzi Garner is an artist and photojournalist who for the last 5 years has been keenly interested in Vietnamese and ethnic minority cultures of Vietnam. Her work centers around the effects of tourism on the ethnic minority cultures and the use of natural materials for traditional medicines, textiles production, and in everyday life. She also likes to collect folklore and "religious" or "superstitious" ideas of the White Thai peoples in Vietnam. See her article: 'Change and Revival in Traditional Textiles Production: Mai Chau, Viet Nam'. Contact Suzi especially if you plan to visit Mai Chau and want to be put in touch with her White Thai friends.

Rusty & Crista Hippchen




Rusty and Crista Hippchen are American collectors from Alaska.  Rusty is a seasonal worker in the field of natural resources, requiring him to work long hours for half of the year but allowing ample opportunity for travel during the long Alaskan winter.  Indulging in textile collecting has become his major passion.  Crista has lived abroad for five years, three of which were spent performing with a theatre company in Asia.  She speaks four languages and is usually the one paging through a language book as Rusty tries to cut a deal.  She has also become enthralled in the search for the perfect tribal textile.  Their collection partially concentrates on the textiles of the Hmong and the Yao of Laos.  They also have many pieces from southern and southwest Chinese minority tribes.  As the collection has grown, so has the focus which now includes a wide variety of tribal handicrafts such as baskets, musical instruments, opium scales and jewelry.  See their Hani textiles collected in early 2003 in Menghai county, Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan province, southwest China. [I have lost touch with Rusty so, if you see this, Rusty, please get in touch!]

Bill Hornaday

Bill Hornaday bought his first textiles as a hippy in Guatemala and began collecting seriously a year later in 1970. The largest part of his collection is from Laos and Guatemala. For a few Ge Jia textiles from his collection see Ge Jia textiles: baby carriers and Ge Jia textiles: jackets. Bill is currently a sculptor. Contact Bill.

Donna Lum

Donna Lum was originally from Hawaii but has lived in Indonesia since 1996 and deals in antiques and other crafts from Indonesia at the Kuluk Gallery in Bali. Her special interests are in textiles from throughout Southeast Asia. See her travel notes on Flores, Indonesia, travel notes on Cambodia and Laos and Travel Notes from a 2018 visit to Northern Laos Contact Donna

Peter Reimann

Peter Reimann (1922-2014) was born in Berlin on November 5, 1922, and lived a long and rich life. Raised in Berlin, he served as a medic in World War II at age 17 and pursued a degree in medicine at Heidelberg University. After obtaining his degree and then studying as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sorbonne, he went in 1958 to work for the German Red Cross in Pusan, Republic of Korea with the rank of Lieutenant in the US Armed Forces.  While there he met his wife Dr. Myunghee Kim who herself became the first Freudian psychoanalyst from Korea, a pioneer in her field. The two immigrated to the United States and started a family, first living in Manhattan and then moving to New Jersey. After practicing in Irvington for several years, he moved to Springfield where he worked and lived until his death. Dr. Reimann had a private practice as a doctor in New Jersey for 30 years. He was an old fashioned doctor who made house calls with a black doctor's bag and was dedicated to serving all people in medical need. He also worked at Overlook Hospital and at the infirmary at Farleigh Dickenson University. He was an amateur musician, art historian, anthropologist and ethnographer, with a detailed knowledge of a wide range of global art and culture. He traveled all over the world, with his last trip at the age of 80 to Tibet. He was an avid player and listener of Classical Music. 

After Myunghee Kim Reimann died in a car accident in 1996 he never remarried.  He is succeeded by his daughters, Kim, a political scientist and professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and Hannah, a musician, actress and music teacher in Greenwich Village, New York City.

Dr. Reimann became the subject of his daughter, Hannah's, first documentary feature film, My Father's House, a movie about Alzheimer's Disease, related dementia, family, caregiving and a quest to find effective treatments for these terrible illnesses.  Via footage of him shot over three years, he discusses, among other things, his anti-Nazi sentiment and activity during the War, his love of music and culture as we watch his brilliant mind succumb until his death on March 18th, 2014.

See Exhibition of Filipino textiles from the collection of Myunghee & Peter Reimann based on the live exhibit from his collection shown in New York in February, 2008.  Many of the textiles from the exhibit have now been acquired by the Textile Museum in Washington.

Sandra Shamis

Sandra Shamis is a psycho-linguist by training and inclination. She has taken an academic approach to looking at textiles, searching for the latent meaning inherent in the pieces that please her on an aesthetic level as well. Early on she decided to focus her collection on two elements: the depiction of animals real and imagined; and the expression of Buddhistic concepts through the structure and techniques utilized in weaving. The collection mostly encompasses textiles of the Tai world of mainland southeast Aisa. Sandra Shamis is as an active contributor of advice and wisdom on the tribaltextiles.info/community forum. At Sandra Shamis' collection you can see an eclectic selection of textiles from her collection and a few photos from her research. See her personal statement.

Olivier Tallec

Olivier Tallec is an illustrator of children's books based in Paris, France. See his CV.  He is particularly interested in the bast fibre textiles of east Asia.  His enquiry in June 2002 started the long running Li textiles thread on the forum.  See Olivier's Li textiles Contact Olivier

Wu yingjian

Wu yingjian is a Songtao Miao who contacted Pamela in late December 2002 with photos taken at a Songtao Miao festival in Xin Zhai Village, Zheng Da township, Songtao Miao Autonomous County, Tongren Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China.  Unfortunately nothing is known about him other than can be found set out in the Songtao Miao photogallery.  We do not share a common written language - only an enthusiasm for Miao festivals and traditional textiles.
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