25th Asian Arts & Crafts Demonstration Day

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On May 6, visitors were treated to a demonstration of traditional Asian arts and crafts in the Rotunda of the Natural History Museum.  Demonstrations included Chinese dough figures, Thai umbrella painting, Mongolian watercolor painting, Thai fruit, vegetable and soap carving, Indonesian bamboo brush painting, Japanese Kimekomi doll making, Philippine cloth weaving,  Laotian banana leaf folding, Indian Rangoli designs, Korean calligraphy and Korean papermaking.

Founded by Vichai Malikul of the Natural History Museum, the annual Asian Arts and Crafts Demonstration Day celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

(Photo by James DiLoreto)

Posted: 20 May 2011
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One Response to 25th Asian Arts & Crafts Demonstration Day
    • Barbara Watanabe
    • thanks Alex for putting in a little bit of info. every little bit helps.