Arts and Culture
In the past decade there has been renewed interest in textile studies in regards to materials, loom and non-loom technologies, and finished products including clothing. Many of these research activities are happening across continents in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, ethnography, as well as in museums.
In these related panels, fifteen researchers from different regions and disciplines come together to share their research methodologies, findings, and philosophical issues related to their fields: Ruth Barnes will discuss some unusual early textiles from Sumatra and their importance. Chris Buckley, Malika Kraamer, and Bernhard Bart will address issues relating to the transmission of technology; Hemang Agrawal will show how new creative expression resulted from a merging between two different textile traditions; Eric Boudot will illustrate through ethnoarchaeology how contemporary traditional weavings may illuminate past practices; Hero Granger-Taylor will discuss archaeological and ethnographical work on fibre processing methods; Christine Giuntini and Itie van Hout will present in-depth studies on looms and techniques based on early institutional collections; Analyn Salvador-Amores will illustrate how a museum collection can serve as inspiration for textile-revival projects, while Joanna Barrkman will discuss the response of contemporary weavers to museum objects from their own traditions; Geneviève Duggan will illustrate how the study of looms can demonstrate the links between textiles of different regions; Sandra Niessen will discuss an ethnographic account of a particular weaving practice; and Linda S. Mcintosh will visit the complex issues of dress as markers of identities. Stefan Danerek will present fieldwork from Palu’e that challenges notions of ‘meaning’ in textile motifs.