OATG Events Programme

Detail, Hmong (Miao), Guizhou, S W China Baby carrier - Pitt Rivers Museum 2000.35.1

Detail, Hmong (Miao) baby carrier, Guizhou, S W China - Pitt Rivers Museum 2000.35.1
©THE PITT RIVERS MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

The Oxford Asian Textile Group (OATG) annual programme includes a number of talks on a wide variety of textile related topics. Some lecturers are from the UK and some are specialists from overseas who are visiting England and enjoying some time in Oxford.

Talks may be held at different locations and times. Some may be held in the Education Department of the Ashmolean Museum, accessed by day via the main entrance to the Museum or, in the evening, by the side entrance of the Museum via St Giles Street from 6 pm.  Talks may also be held at the Pauling Center, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6QS or elsewhere. Please note the specified location and time given for each talk below.

Study visits are also arranged to museums and textile centres in Oxford and elsewhere, often to see material that is not on public exhibition. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have the collector of the items, the researcher or the curator, to throw new light on the fabrics. Inevitably numbers must be restricted on these study days.

Thursday 21 March 2019

Lifting the Veil: The Conservation and Mounting of Thangkas at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

A talk by Karen Horton, Independent Textile and Ethnographic Conservator.

The talk will focus on the conservation of the Tibetan thangkas textile mounts and the minimal intervention policy that the Chester Beatty Library adheres too. She will discuss the methods and materials used, the ethical implication of conserving sacred textiles and the non-invasive mounting method she designed and developed with her colleagues at the library to install the thangkas allowing them to be displayed with their veils pleated as they would have hung in their Himalayan temple setting.

Karen Horton trained as an archaeological conservator at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and then chose to specialise in Textile Conservation, training at the Textile Conservation Centre in the United Kingdom. She works internationally as an independent textile and ethnographic conservator for museums and private clients.

Location: The Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6QS.

Time: 6.00 p.m. (for a 6.15 p.m. start) – 8 p.m.

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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Malay gold thread embroidery from Jambi, Sumatra.

A talk by Fiona Kerlogue, Curator of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum.

Fiona Kerlogue’s talk will focus on a collection in the Horniman Museum in London. Gold thread embroidery is a longstanding tradition in the Malay world, found in Aceh in north Sumatra, the Malay courts of Borneo, eastern Sumatra, and in the Malay peninsula. Most of the Horniman collection comes from Jambi in Sumatra. The talk will explore the historical evidence for the influence of trade connections and the colonial presence on materials and style, and explain the contexts in which the embroidered pieces were used.  A detailed account of materials and techniques will be followed by an analysis of designs and motifs.

Dr Kerlogue worked at the University of Jambi for two years before joining the staff of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Hull. Her doctoral thesis was on the batiks of Jambi. Her publications include Batik: Design Style and History and The Arts of Southeast Asia in the Thames and Hudson ‘World of Art’ series. She is currently working with the National Museum in Prague to research and publish their Indonesian textile collection.

Location: The Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6QS.
Time: 6.00 p.m. (for a 6.15 p.m. start) – 8 p.m.

OATG events are free for members and £3 for non-members

For more information and registration please contact: OATG Events

Information about forthcoming events is also given in the OATG's journal Asian Textiles, which comes out in February, June and October.Members are encouraged to view this website regularly for the latest news on the OATG programme.. From time to time events are arranged at short notice as our speakers cannot always confirm their travel arrangements and availability in time for publication in Asian Textiles.  We don’t want you to miss out!

See the OATG blog where members can interact and keep up-to-date on textile news.

Contact the programme organisers for more information on the programme or with suggestions for events.

9 December 2009. Members of OATG being given a special tour of the new Textile Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by its curator, Dr Ruth Barnes (standing, right)

9 December 2009.  Members of OATG being given a special tour of the new Textile Gallery at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by its curator, Dr Ruth Barnes (standing, right) and former founding Chairman of OATG.