ARTH 4855/6855 Threads of Consequence: Textiles in South and Southeast Asia - SPRING 19

Thu, 11/01/2018

ARTH 4855/6855 Threads of Consequence: Textiles in South and Southeast Asia

Spring 2019

(also ASIAN 4487/6644, VISST 4855/6855)

K. McGowan

Letter grades only.

Auditors not allowed.

Permission of instructor required.

4 credits.

 

This seminar explores how patterned cloths serve as a symbolic medium, functioning on multiple levels of understanding and communication. As spun, dyed, and woven threads of consequence, textiles can be seen to enter into all phases of social, economic, political, religious, and performance processes, often assuming unusual properties and attributes. As bearers of talismanic messages, signifiers of rank, and as the recipients of influences from maritime trade and touristic demand, textiles are read between the folds of complex exchange mechanisms in South and Southeast Asia.

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