Two events this weekend on textiles from Asia and Iran – one virtual and one in-person.

Apologies for the late posting!

This weekend (10-12 March) a three-day conference “dedicated to women’s roles in textile/garment production in Asia from the late 19th century to present” takes place at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. This will be a hybrid event, which you can join via Zoom. It is open to the public for those lucky enough to be able to attend in person.

This conference has a wide range of international speakers covering subjects such as Japanese sericulture, phulkari and kantha, batik, textiles from Borneo, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bhutan and much much more. The keynote speaker will be Judy Frater, who is well-known for her work in Kutch.

Click here for an overview, and then click GToG 2023 Programme Final Feb 27.docx to download the full programme and abstracts.


The second event takes place in Edinburgh on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March 2023 and is hosted by OATG member Andrew Haughton of The Nomads Tent. This in-person symposium is entitled Iconic Iran, and again has speakers on a wide variety of topics, including Dorothy Armstrong and Jennifer Scarce.

Carpets in the Great Exhibition, London, 1851, lithograph from a watercolour made for Prince Albert (British Library)

Click here for more information about this event, and here to book – there is a discount for booking both days, plus student discounts.