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April 21st, 2012

Conference - Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export, 1400-1900

Conference - Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export, 1400-19000
Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export, 1400-1900 Conference

Saturday, 21 Apr 2012

| 9:00 am to 6.30pm | @ Ngee Ann Auditorium

ACM Empress Place (Basement) Singapore

Journey back to when India clothed the world. In the 17th and 18th centuries, millions of yards of cloth a year were produced in the subcontinent – mainly in the Gujarat and on the Coromandel Coast – and traded to various regions of Asia, the Islamic lands, and Europe. Wherever they were traded, these Indian textiles created a sensation. Loved for their quality and bright, unfading colours, many became treasured heirlooms in remote and isolated islands of the Indonesian archipelago and were often passed down from generation to generation.

This one-day conference is held in conjunction with the special exhibition at ACM, Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export, 1400-1900. Many of these extraordinary textiles show the deep roots of today’s globalized world and the surprising and fascinating impact of cultural exchange. Featuring a distinguished panel of international academics and experts, the conference will provide deeper insight into the trade and markets, historical significance, and production and style of Indian textiles, as well as their consumption patterns and influence on indigenous traditions.

  • To step on the spread cloth: Indian textiles and the globalization of trade in the Indian Ocean, past and present:
John Guy
Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

  • Pathways of cloth to eastern Indonesia and Siam
Leonard Y. Andaya
Professor, University of Hawaii, and Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore

  • A taste for textiles
Ruurdje Laarhoven
Adjunct Faculty, Hawaii Pacific University

  • Production of Indian textiles for trade: Limitations and shifting paradigms
Gauri Krishnan
Director, Indian Heritage Centre, Singapore

  • Toraja and the textile trade: Heirloom cloths, ritual and status among the Sa’dan Toraja of Sulawesi
Roxana Waterson
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

  • Indian trade textiles to Thailand from the 17th to 20th century
Prapasorn Posrithong
Independent Scholar, Thailand


Registration fee (excludes SISTIC booking fee):

- Adult: $50

- 50% discount for students and senior citizens aged 60 and above

- 20% discount for Museum volunteers, Friends of the Museums (Singapore), ACM Friends, and NHB staff

Registration fee includes:

- One lunch and two teas
- Free admission to the exhibition
- Conference pack

Admission tickets can be purchased on the SISTIC website, at all SISTIC outlets, and via 6348 5555 from 12 March 2012. Tickets are also available for sale at the ACM's front counter on weekdays, 10am to 6pm (1pm to 6pm on Mondays).

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