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Saturday University: Decorative Trimming in 19th c. China

Apr 28 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.

Fashionable Fripperies: The Decorative Trimming in 19th-Century China
Rachel Silberstein, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Ribbons, borders, edgings, collars, and appliques are perhaps the most noticed features of 19th-century Chinese fashion. They were also the most controversial form of consumption for moral commentators, and a critical line of production for commercial handicraft workers. This talk considers the tension between these different facets of the fashionable trimming, and what these objects and the debates around them, meant for their 19th-century female wearers.

About the Presenter

Rachel Silbersteinis a cultural historian of visual and material culture in early modern China, specializing in fashion and textile handicrafts. She earned a DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. She has published articles in Late Imperial China, Fashion Theory, and Dress. She is currently a lecturer in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, where she teaches classes on fashion history, and Chinese material culture.

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


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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.