I am thrilled to announce that as part of the U. S. Department of State Art in Embassies program, Ginkgo Dust Up will be on exhibit in the U.S. Embassy residence in Dili, Timor Leste, beginning this spring.
Fiber plays an important role in the culture of East Timor; their Tais cloth is a form of traditional weaving created by women and used for a variety of purposes. We think that the people of East Timor will be interested in seeing and learning about American textiles.
The Art in Embassies program was founded in 1963 with the mission of creating exhibitions of original art for display in the public rooms of the U. S. diplomatic residences worldwide. The residences serve as centers for official state functions, and the exhibitions provide tangible focal points around which to build public outreach. Each exhibition becomes a part of the ambassador’s cultural mission.
I applaud the new ambassador’s focus on Tais cloth and Fiber art, both significant contributions of the women of East Timor and the United States, to their cultural heritages. I am honored to be a part of an exhibit whose purpose is outreach and education between cultures.