Material culture. A shared heritage: The origin and use of textile patterns in Himalaya and on the Tibetan Plateau

Presentation by Ellen Bangsbo.


This talk addresses the origin and use of patterns in Himalayan textiles. Textiles decompose easily and we are left with few remains of ancient textiles. At archaeological sites, textiles are often restricted to bits and torn pieces, but a way to trace textile designs is by examining ancient paintings and sculptures in temples. Ancient designs and patterns have travelled with merchants and pilgrims, covering large distances from Rajastan in India and ancient Iran to be used in ancient and contemporary Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau. Local dress and fabric are used to express identity and belonging, but can a reinterpretation of local handicrafts support a continuation of textile heritage and handicrafts? Are these old techniques and designs to remain in common use?

A free discussion among all participants will follow the lecture.

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