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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:37 am 
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I want to alert forum members to the fantastic new website of photographer Nick Mayo whom I am very pleased to say is a recent member of this forum.

Nick and I were in contact earlier this year following his sighting of a thread started by Nicolas Grevot (yuanzhumin) requesting info on Yao priests' costume to which he finally directly contributed yesterday ... 4&start=15. Nick had wanted to respond when he had finally got his website completed and live. Oh boy, the wait was certainly worth it!!!

I would like to quote you some comments about the website which were contained in an email from Nick informing me that the site was live as I think it best indicates how the website can be a great resource for forum members (if you don't get distracted by the sheer beauty of some of the non-textile images that catch your eye as I have done each time I have landed and delved! (How about this stunner of tea terraces in India...
"Took a lot longer than I anticipated but I finally managed to complete my own website. There’s quite a few photos of people from different ethnic groups which may be of interest to some of the Tribal Textile members. Each ethnic group I have photographed has a gallery in the People section of the site ( There’s also a set of predefined searches on the Search page ( ). The ones in the “Clothes & Adornments” section are in place to make it easier to find images relating to a specific article of clothing or accessory. Almost all my images are of clothes as they are worn which I realize is different from the normal focus of photographs on your site but they are probably contextually interesting.

In the end I decided to leave the Flickr page up ( and posted my pre mid-2006 images to it. These are not on the website since the quality is somewhat indifferent as they were scanned from slides. Regardless, I guess there’s some value in them as a historical record, particularly of people in areas which were less photographed and are now changing rapidly."

It is wonderful to have photos of the textiles which we are interested in shown actually be worn. Something I am always very keen to see as my interest is very much the costume in its social context rather than as 'art' although I know that individual textiles also attract me for their intrinsic artistic attributes.

Nick has also said:
"By the way, if you or others have suggestions or ways that you think I could improve the structure of the website content, I’d love to hear them. I work in a kind of vacuum out here so any critical thinking will be positively rec’d and helpful."

...'out here' is Taiwan where Nick is based - when he is not off travelling which he tries to do for about 5-6 months of the year!

Nick's personal statement on his website includes this comment:
"My objective is to document as many of the unique environments, cultures and architectures of remote Asia as I am able. My work is published in magazines, used for promotional activities of ethnic festivals and I contribute to the Asian Studies libraries of a number of universities. I also exhibit regularly. The photographs on the site date from mid-2006 when I first went digital. Before 2006 I used film and the images I took then are still being scanned prior to being posted elsewhere on the web."

Do check out the website and make sure you book mark it for future reference.

on-line tribal textiles resource

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