Karen Blixens Plads 8
2300 København S
Primary fields of research
With the TEX-KR project (MSCA grant), Magali An Berthon explores textile production and dress practices in Cambodia from the early 1960s to the early 1980s, especially examining the years of the Khmer Rouge regime. This dictatorship claimed nearly two million lives between 1975 and 1979. In that period, textile ancestral crafts were heavily impacted by halting sericulture, silk weaving, and skills transmission. Combining object-based study, archival research, and participatory methodologies, this project aims to center textile know-how, artefacts, and clothing practices as crucial material evidence of this dark heritage.
Fields of interest
Cambodian textiles; Silk weaving; Ikat textiles; Twentieth-century history of Cambodia; Khmer Rouge regime; Textiles, trauma and emotions; Material culture of conflict