As part of the autumn programme of the Oriental Rug and Textile Society Martin Conlan is an acknowledged expert in the textile arts and crafts of Chinese tribal minorities. He has been researching and buying traditional textiles from Southwest China for over 30 years, since the region opened up to outsiders. He is the owner of the business Slow Loris which specialises in textiles from S and SW China, trading in indigo & vegetable-dyed antique textiles and beautifully cut modern oriental clothing in indigo & natural vegetable-dyed materials.

Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL London. The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed ‘Church Hall Conference Room’ leading down iron stairs below street level. Doors open from 6.0 p.m. Drinks and snacks are served. Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30 p.m. Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture, Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20,

Further information: http://www.orientalrugandtextilesociety.org.uk/