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.

Thursday 25 May 2017

The Iban of Borneo

Michael Heppell will talk about  the beaded garments and wealth of the Iban;  their skill in weaving  textiles and how these ‘trump Malay textiles’.

Mike is one of OATG’s overseas members visiting the UK from his home in Australia.  In the 1970s he carried out his doctoral research amongst the Iban in the Batang Ai in Borneo.  He has written books and articles on the Iban and other peoples in Borneo.  Probably his most well-known book is ‘Iban Art: Sexual Selection and Severed Heads--Weaving, Sculpture, Tattooing and Other Arts of the Iban of Borneo’ jointly authored with Limbang Anak Melaka and Enyan Anak Usen.  More recent is ‘The Seductive Warp Thread: An evolutionary history of Ibanic weaving’. 

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


Tuesday 13 June 2017

Embroidered Bodies – Garments, Stitches and Stories from the Ashmolean Museum

talk by exhibition curator Aimée Payton

The Embroidered Bodies exhibition at the Broadway Museum & Art Gallery runs from 5 May to 10 September 2017 and demonstrates the richness and diversity of the Ashmolean textile collection, and includes many objects never on display before.

Location: Ashmolean Museum, Education Centre (Level -1) Time: 2.45 pm for a 3 pm start.


Saturday 15 July 2017

Tour of the exhibition Embroidered Bodies – Garments, Stitches and Stories from the Ashmolean Museum

with curator Aimée Payton

Clothing tells a multitude of human stories, each embroidered stitch contributing to the tale. The exhibition introduces the Ashmolean’s diverse textile collections through a selection of exquisitely crafted garments, expressing themes of personal identity, local tradition, and international trade. It includes a diverse selection of objects from the Eastern and Western textile collections of the Ashmolean from hats to shoes, and stomachers to collars, dating from the 1400s right up to the 20th century.

Location: Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway, WR12 7DP Time: Meet at 2.30 pm for a 3 pm start. Cost: Discounted entrance fee £4. Advanced registration is essential

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.