From March to July 2016, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) and the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Bangkok, Thailand, formed a research team to participate in the program Doing Research and Sharing Methods in Textile Preservation in Southeast Asia. Team members include conservators and researchers of museums from Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Việt Nam.
At the completion of the research, a forum was organized from August 23rd to August 25th, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand. At the forum, members of the research team reported their fieldwork results and together tested and adjusted the formulas to clean traditional textile products in order to find standard formulas, which will be introduced in a book expectably published in 2017.
A conservator from the VME participated in this research and presented in the forum about folk experience of some ethnic peoples in Việt Nam in cleaning their costumes by using ash with water, soapberry fruits, and fruits of locust-trees.