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.

Tuesday 4th September 2018

Unpicking Woven Heritage: Cultural narratives of handwoven eri silk textiles from Meghalaya, Northeast India

a talk by Anna-Louise Meynell

Remote Northeast India is home to eri silk, a fibre rich in cultural significance. It is cultivated and woven by many of the ethnic groups, each with their own techniques and traditions. In Meghalaya it is almost exclusively dyed with natural dyes and woven on simple bamboo floor looms. The weaving communities have been exposed to social change for generations, much of which can be ‘read’ through the textiles and techniques. The presentation explores these cultural narratives through an analysis of the textiles. It will conclude with samples and products for sale.

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

Time: 6 pm for a 6.15 pm start.


Tuesday 2 October 2018

Japanese Export Kimonos

a talk by Allie Yamaguchi

The talk will be preceded by a viewing of related material from the Ashmolean collectionselected by
our chairman Aimée Payton and the curator for Japanese Art Dr Clare Pollard

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

Time: 4.15 – 4.55 pm (viewing) and 5.15 pm (presentation)


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.