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Spreading the Word: Art Across the Arc of Islam

Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Morrill Hall, 404
Cornell University Dept, 159 Central Avenue, Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA

Textiles have long been one of the most important articles of trade within and across Indian Ocean societies. How can the role of Islam be seen in the rich textile traditions of Indonesia? Today the most evident signifiers of religious identity are head coverings, worn by both men and women, but in the past a variety of textiles functioned to transmit Muslim fashions, motifs, and beliefs. Long traditions of inscribed or calligraphic patterns spread across the Muslim world and beyond. Examining a few of these textile traditions within Indonesia reveals how local modes of production embraced, adapted and transformed these new ideas.

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Global Learning, Global Cornell, Southeast Asia Program

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Eric Tagliacozzo


Natasha Reichle

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Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

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Building is wheelchair accessible

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This event is free and open to the public

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