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ADVENTURES IN WORLD TEXTILES - Day 1

  • Maiwa East 1310 Odlum Drive Vancouver, BC, V5L 3M3 Canada (map)

With John Gillow

$150 - Class limit 16. Oct 20 (Fri) 10am-4pm.

John Gillow, author and lecturer, has been combing the world for more than forty years researching and collecting folk textiles. The fruits of his labour will be made available in three sessions, giving the participants a unique opportunity to view, handle, and study textiles from his wide-ranging collection. 

Usually such textiles are only to be seen within the context of a museum, where they are kept under glass or held in deep storage. John will talk about the individual textiles, the techniques used in their construction, and their social, cultural, and historical context. In addition, John will elaborate on where and when he collected them, giving insight into the characters of the individuals who led him to each piece or who actually made it. The textiles will serve as tactile markers from which John will weave anecdotes from a lifetime of travel.

There are three one-day workshops which may be taken alone or in combination.

Countries and regions covered in Day 1 are - West Asia: Turkey, Syria, Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Pakistan.

John joins us from the U.K. and will also give a lecture.

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John Gillow has recently written the catalogue for the forthcoming kantha exhibition at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego. For more than forty years John has travelled the world and collected, exhibited, and sold textiles. He is recognized internationally as a leading lecturer and author. The list of publications to his credit is longer than most running stitches. 

Earlier Event: October 19
Kantha Quilts of Bengal
Later Event: October 21
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