The Central Asia lectures were divided in two sessions 17 June 2011 in the morning.
Dennis Dodds and Elena Tsareva were moderators and the lecturers included Christine Martens, Clive Rogers, Elena Tsareva, Irina Bogoslovskaya, Elmira Gyul and Jeff Spurr.
Clive Rogers held a lecture “Broadcloth Trade to Central Asia”. Broadcloth applies to a woven milled / felted wool fabric generally used for clothing. The term was in use indicating a standard measure of quality prior to the Industrial Revolution of the 18/19th centuries.
Elena Tsareva’s lecture was entitled “Mae ras carpetweaving of Arabs of Central Asia” and described the ornamental and technical peculiarities of the craft, practiced by Arabs of the Middle Amu Darya oases and South Uzbekistan Karshi region.
In the second session Irina Bogoslovskaya held a lecture “Nomad cloth bags from Central Asia: geographical distribution, decoration, semantics”. Her paper identified the major types of Karakalpak bags in the context of neighboring tribal and national traditions and the presentation included examples from both museum and private collections.
Elmira Gyul held a lecture “Samarkand Suzani Embroidery: Notes on Ornamental Decore Genesis and Semantics”. One of the main branches of Central Asian embroidery, Samarkand needlework have been a subject of special research, yet many aspects remain unstudied, semantics and genesis of decore in particular.
Jeff Spurr’s lecture was entitled “Style and Identity, People or Place: the Case for Lakai Suzanis“. Two classes of suzanis, are associated with Southeastern Uzbekistan. One class conformed to regional suzani standards: conservative designs on white cotton. The other was typically embroidered on silk, and exhibits style, design, and technical characteristics correlating with small-scale dowry embroideries of rural Lakai Uzbek people.