Ajrakh block printing, Jewish carpets, Ainu textiles and the Karun Thakar Fund

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I’ve only just become aware of this event, which takes place this Thursday 28 July. OATG member Sarah Fee of the Royal Ontario Museum will be in conversation with noted textile artist Salemamad Khatri, discussing his attempts to revitalise the art of block printing in Kachchh, India. They will also be joined by Abdulazziz Khatri of Khamir. This free online event takes place at 11:00 EDT, which is 16:00 BST. For more information and tickets please click here.


In previous blogs I mentioned two talks that were taking place in the USA. I’m delighted to say that both of these were recorded and are now available to view.

The first recording is of a talk given by OATG member Alberto Boralevi at the Textile Museum in Washington on the subject What is a Jewish Carpet?

“Alberto Boralevi began his research on rugs and carpets with Jewish features or Hebrew inscriptions in the 1980s, when they were mostly overlooked both by carpet scholars and specialists in Jewish art. There are several difficulties for considering Jewish carpets as a specific group, since fundamental differences in origin, age, design and technique can be found among them. Boralevi defines Jewish carpets as any carpet or rug with a Jewish design, Hebrew inscriptions or any other feature that could prove that it was woven by Jews or commissioned by a Jew or for a Jewish purpose.” Museum website.

The second recording is by Christina M. Spiker on the subject of The Ainu of Japan: Their Unique Textile Tradition. This talk was given in person last week at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, who are currently exhibiting a wonderful collection of Japanese textiles.

Finally, a reminder that the deadline for applications for the Karun Thakar fund (in collaboration with the V&A) close at the end of August. Karun is particularly keen to support innovative small projects. Scholarship Awards of up to £10,000 are offered to students focussing on Asian or African textiles or dress at any accredited university worldwide. Project Grants of up to £5000 are offered to early-career researchers, practitioners, and curators as well as community leaders, grassroot collectives and community-based arts organisations in support of projects focused on Asian and African textiles and dress. More information about the fund can be found here.

5 thoughts on “Ajrakh block printing, Jewish carpets, Ainu textiles and the Karun Thakar Fund

  1. Judy, Sarah Fee has confirmed that the event was recorded and will be posted eventually. I will link to it in the blog when I see it. Sue.

  2. Dear Sue,

    I tried to watch theJewish carpet and Ainu textile talks on Vimeo but although I got the pictures, there was no sound. What was I doing wrong?

    Regards Margaret


    • I’ve just checked and had no problems on my Macbook or iphone when viewing straight from the email or from the WordPress site (by clicking on the title in the email). I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to your question at the moment, but will email the committee and see if anyone else has had this problem. Best wishes, Sue.

  3. Hi Sue

    Thank you for all the work you do sending out details of textile events on your blog. I was very interested to read about the online talk on Thursday about Ajrakh Block printing in Kutch, Gujarat. I visited the Khatri family’s Ajrakh Block printing in 2012 and found it a most interesting experience, as I have a background in printed textiles. Unfortunately I’m not able to listen to the talk on Thursday, as I am taking a friend to a hospital appointment and waiting for her, so I can bring her home. Do you know if the talk will be recorded? I do hope so.

    Best wishes

    Judy Cottrell

    Sent from my iPad


    • Hi Judy, Glad you find the blogs useful. I don’t know the answer to your question at the moment, but will email Sarah Fee and ask her.

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