The Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium, Textiles and Politics, was held in Washington DC 19-23 September 2012. The symposium included 150 presentations spread over three days.
A special panel on Central Asian Textiles brought together experts from Uzbekistan, UK and USA to offer their insights. This was complemented with a seminar on Uzbek velvet ikat weaving, with Uzbek master weavers arriving to the conference with their looms and dyed warp to demonstrate.
Other highlights included the panel Material Matters featuring original textile thinkers and makers working today.
Other panels included a variety of subjects ranging from Sustainable Artisan Practices, Textiles and Slavery, the Arts of Royal Collections, Early Modern Trade, and Politics of Color, as only a few examples.
The symposium included tours to some of Washington DC’s most well known museums, including the Library of Congress, the Textile Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, National Museum of American Indian among others, and the tour and reception at the Textile Museum included a special preview of “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art.”
“The Biennal Symposium was a tremendous success with more than 400 participants from 37 countries. This symposium proved that scholarly interest in textiles continues to thrive and that the Textile Society of America is a catalyst for rich, complex, interdisciplinary conversations about textiles. Mark your calendar, the conversation continues in Los Angeles in 2014” said Michele Hardy, TSA, to Jozan Magazine.