Even the plainest “tabby” weave can reveal stories from as far away in place and time as the Silk Road that first connected Asia with the Middle East and southern Europe over 2,000 years ago, as we learn in this series of events
Open to the public.
1-1:50 p.m. Weaving workshop (Maximum 10 participants. Free to attend. Register online here). Sign up for a workshop in tabby weaving, led by McMaster student, Dina Hamed, who is studying the symbolism of traditional Islamic art ornamentation.
2-2:50 p.m. Angela Sheng, art historian and associate professor at McMaster’s School of the Arts will present textile finds along the Silk Road. Sheng holds a 5-year SSHRCC grant for the nomadic contribution to knowledge transfer along the Silk Road.
3 -3:50 p.m. Master weaver and fibre artist Åse Eriksen of Bergen, Norway, will demonstrate her reconstruction of a samitum, an ancient Persian weave found in Oseberg, Norway, and describe its relationship to ancient Chinese weaves.