The Newsletter 67 Spring 2014

Threads of Time: Traditional Textiles and the Contemporary Transformation in Taiwan

Willem Vogelsang

FROM 25 TO 28 NOVEMBER 2013, a delegation from Taiwan visited IIAS for an intensive one-week series of events that focused on the theme of traditional Taiwanese textile crafts. The programme, which included a series of lectures, demonstrations, workshops and a small exhibition, paid special attention to the use of indigo dye and the weaving techniques of the indigenous Atayal tribe. The programme was sponsored by the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture in the framework of its ‘Spotlight Taiwan Programme’ and organised by Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in cooperation with IIAS, and supported by the Textile Research Centre (TRC) in Leiden.