(Cinet)- The 4th ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium with the theme “Traditions, Innovations, Interactions: Paving Creative Path for Traditional Textiles of Southeast Asia” will take place in Thai Nguyen province from March 15-18. It is the first time Vietnam will host such a large event. It will help introduce the unparalleled weaving crafts of the country’s ethnic minority groups to international friends. The first will focus on traditional weaving villages’ transition to light industry, while the second will discuss the preservation of weaving and embroidery fabrics in museums. The symposium will hold an exhibition showcasing the history of the textile industry, tracing its growth from the self-sufficient economy all the way through to modern industrial production. A fashion show will model the traditional dresses of Vietnamese ethnic minorities as well as the special fashions of participating countries. Vietnamese artisans will demonstrate their skills by making the linen cloth of the Mong, the brocades of the Pa Then, Tay, Thai, Nung, Muong, Ede, M’nong, and Cham and silk of the Kinh and Khmer . Other activities, such as folk games, Vietnamese bamboo and stone musical instrument performances, chau van (spiritual singing), quan ho (romantic duets), cheo (traditional opera), and Central Highland gong arrangements, will also be held to help international guests deepen their understandings of Vietnamese culture. Via these activities, the orientation and method should be worked out to protect the traditional textile industry, business orientation, promotion, advertising of brand names of textile products of Vietnam to the world.