Event — Online conference

Textiles on the Move

The theme of the online conference Textiles on the Move relates to the changing role, importance and significance of textiles and garments when they are moved from one particular cultural environment to another. Particular emphasis is laid on the movement of textiles and garments in Asia, and between Asia and the rest of the world. Examples, covered in the programme, are the spread of the buteh/Paisley motif from India/Iran to the rest of the world, and, more in general, the exchange of textiles, and their meanings, between Southeast and South Asia, and between South Asia and Africa.

The programme of the virtual conference included a series of different contributions, including a round table discussion, two video recordings, various brief presentations on a plethora of subjects, and even a recorded guided tour of a museum exhibition in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on the kimono.

This (additional) online Textiles on the Move conference comes in lieu of the onsite Textiles in Motion and Transit conference, which was scheduled to take place in Leiden in October 2020, but has been postponed due to the corona pandemic. The new dates for the face-to-face Textiles in Motion and Transit conference in Leiden will be announced in due course.

Download the Programme book.

Textiles on the Move is organised by the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands, in collaboration with the Tracing Patterns Foundation in Berkeley, California, USA, and the Textile Research Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Sandra Sardjono, Tracing Patterns Foundation, California
Christopher Buckley, Wolfson College, Oxford
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Textile Research Centre, Leiden

Willem Vogelsang, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden