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 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.

Saturday 14 October 2017

Gender twists in the weaving, embroidery and structure of Shidong Miao festival costume.

Talk by Iain Stephens followed by a Show & Tell

(you are welcome to bring your own Shidong Miao pieces!)

This talk looks to explore the seemingly endless creativity of the Shidong Miao employed on festival jackets. It shares insights into the sexuality of weaving and embroidery as well as essential pattern hierarchies.
Iain Stephens is a currently a master upholsterer, a previous lecturer of biochemistry and English and a tutor of Biblical Hebrew. Iain is an avid collector of Xhosa beadwork, Chinese Ethnic Minority costume and Taiwanese budaixi puppets and presently living on a narrowboat in Oxford.
Before the talk a viewing at the Eastern art Study room will display some Miao textiles from the Ashmolean collection.

Location: Ashmolean Museum Jameel Centre Study Room 1 (for the viewing) and the Education Centre (for the presentation)

Time: 2.15 – 3 p.m. (viewing) and 3.05 p.m. (presentation)


Monday the 13th of November 2017

Reframing the Carpet: The Afterlife of the Ardabil Carpets in the West

Talk by Dorothy Armstrong, PhD candidate Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

We welcome back Dorothy, who last shared about her research on synthetic dyes in Persian carpets in an Asian Textiles article (number 56) and at an OATG talk in 2013. This time we will hear about her current research and how the West reinvented the Ardabil as the world's greatest carpet.

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

Time: 6 pm for a 6.15 pm start


Wednesday 6 December 2017

With Golden Thread – The revitalisation of the songket weaving in West Sumatra

Talk by Bernhard and Erika Bart

Bernhard and Erika Bart will talk about their 20 years researching into Sumatran songket (brocade) weaving and the 12 years spent in charge of the weaving at their Palantaloom studio.  They will discuss Songket patterns and techniques and will show some old textiles as well as new ones woven at Studio Songket Palantaloom.

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

Time: 6 pm for a 6.15 pm start


Saturday 3 February 2018


More information in due course

Location: Education Centre, Ashmolean Museum

Time: 2 - 4 p.m.


For more information and registration please contact: OATG Events

Information about forthcoming events is also given in the OATG's magazine 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.