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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.