Presentations

The History of Textiles: from 24,000 BC to the present day

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:00 to 12:45
2019 Theatre & Workshops - Experts Theatre 2019 - Antiques

Introduction

This tour de force history of textiles from Palaeolithic string to thermochromatic fabrics will consider the fragility of textiles, the importance of trade, the development of new technologies and the preservation of manual skills. It will identify surviving textiles from Egypt and Central Asia, trace the spread of sericulture, marvel at Medieval European tapestries and embroidery, note the importance of lace, carpets, chintz and knitting and acknowledge the wealth of designs associated with printed cottons, with modern methods of production and 20th century schools of art. It will be well-illustrated, delivered without hesitation, repetition or deviation and will allow time for questions.

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Speakers

Jennifer Wearden
Course Director, V&A

Description

This tour de force history of textiles from Palaeolithic string to thermochromatic fabrics will consider the fragility of textiles, the importance of trade, the development of new technologies and the preservation of manual skills. It will identify surviving textiles from Egypt and Central Asia, trace the spread of sericulture, marvel at Medieval European tapestries and embroidery, note the importance of lace, carpets, chintz and knitting and acknowledge the wealth of designs associated with printed cottons, with modern methods of production and 20th century schools of art. It will be well-illustrated, delivered without hesitation, repetition or deviation and will allow time for questions.

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