Today’s Textile Tidbit is a link to the Harvard University-based online database, Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran. Its self-defined goal is ‘to address a gap in scholarship and understanding of the lives of women during the Qajar era (1786–1925) in Iran by developing a comprehensive digital resource that preserves, links, and renders accessible primary-source materials related to the social and cultural history of women’s worlds in Qajar Iran. Through the use of technology it brings together little known archives scattered across the world.‘
It’s a fascinating resource, with interesting objects (including a great number of textiles) discoverable by subject area, place of origin, genre, time period or related person. There’s not always a great deal of information available for any chosen object, but it looks as though this is a work in progress, and visitors to the database are welcome to submit more information or corrections to what’s already there. I recommend a visit!
To visit this online database, click here.