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Saturday University: India's Global Textile Trade

Mar 31 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

An amazing spectrum of textile arts originated in Asia, the source of many weaving and dyeing techniques. Cotton and silk textiles, especially from India and China, have been major export trade items for a couple of millennia. Now textile manufacturing, textile arts, and fashion from Asia are shared globally in new ways. Become familiar with the textures of textiles, past and present, from trade to technique and design to labor.

Lectures are at the Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium.
There is no lecture on May 5.

India's Global Textile Trade
Rosemary Crill, former Senior Curator for South Asia, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

India’s dyes and cotton textiles have been in demand not just for centuries but for millennia. What textiles were made for different regions of the world, and what was their impact? From the earliest exports from the Indus Valley to Mesopotamia to the gorgeous chintzes that transformed Europe’s drawing-rooms in the 17th and 18th centuries, India’s dyers, spinners, and weavers were always the masters of the global textile trade. This talk will explore the types of fabric that were produced for different regions, in Asia, Africa, and Europe (and later, America), as well as discussing the impact these textiles had on the cultures that received them.

About the Presenter

Rosemary Crill Rosemary Crill retired in 2016 as Senior Curator for South Asia at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where she is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow. Over 30 years, she has travelled throughout India and has published widely on Indian textiles and paintings. Her books include Indian Embroidery, Marwar Painting, Indian Ikat Textiles, Chintz: Indian Textiles for the West and most recently The Fabric of India, which accompanied the major exhibition of the same name at the V&A in 2015–16.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and Elliott Bay Book Company.


MAR 31

India's Global Textile Trade


Textiles of Southwest China: Artistry and Social Meaning

APR 14

Ikat Textiles from Indonesia and Malaysian Sarawak

APR 21

A Living Treasure of Japanese Textiles

APR 28

Fashionable Fripperies: The Decorative Trimming in 19th-Century China

MAY 12

From Factory to Fashion Blogs


206.442.8480 [email protected]

Series tickets available to the public January 30.
Full series tickets: $65; SAM members $35
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Image: Bedcover, second half 18th century, India, painted and resist-dyed cotton chintz, Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum.