Jamavar, woven Kashmiri shawl. 1830-1850

Jamavar, woven Kashmiri shawl. 1830-1850

An exhibition of traditional embroidered textiles from the lands of the Indus, Afghanistan, the Near East and Central Asia. The exhibition of this extraordinary collection consists of traditionally embroidered textiles found along the Silk Road and is comprised of examples of historical embroideries from the lands bordering the Indus, Afghanistan, Turcoman, Sogdiana and the Near East.

These hand-woven articles, record the colours of natural dyes, stitches, patterns, motifs and the trade of woven cotton, wool and silk along the ancient trade routes. In a sense, these embroidered articles are stitches in the tapestry of the Silk Road.

This exhibition brings together several collections to display the high-level of abstraction and sophistication with which these pieces were made. Marian Bukhari, the Guest Curator, narrates a story of the communities who embroidered a peoples’ history of the Silk Road; presenting the context for their art and a description of their identity. The exhibition showcases examples of traditional local weaving and embroidery, as well as examples of the finer fabrics available from the ports of Cambay and the markets of Samarkand.

Public lectures

There will be a series of 8 public lectures accompanying the exhibition by internationally renowned speakers: HRH Princess Wijdan Al Hashemi; John Gillow; Bishop Michael Nazir Ali; Dr. Caroline Stone; Dr. Sussan Babaie; Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood; Dr. Saqib Baburi; Arjmand Aziz .

Date Title
23 January 2017 Tribal Landscapes in Palestinian, Jordanian & Syrian Women’s Embroidered Garments
30 January 2017 The Wandering Pastoralists of the Lower Indus Delta
6 February 2017 Monks, Magi and Mosques: Religion Along the Silk Road
13 February 2017 The Splendid Suzanis of Central Asia
22 February 2017 Turquoise Tiles & Arabesque Curves
8 March 2017 The Afghani, Kohistani and Swati Embroidered Tales
14 March 2017 Timurid In?uences on Art and Conceptual Designs Across Central Asia and India
22 March 2017 The Phulkari Baghs of the Doab

Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

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