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Threads and Themes of The Stories We Wear

with Dr. Anne Tiballi, PhD.

Saturday, 9/25/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Location: Online via Zoom
Organizer: Textile Museum Associates of Southern California

Showcasing 2,500 years of style and adornment through approximately 250 remarkable objects, the new exhibition “The Stories We Wear” at the Penn Museum reveals how clothing and accessories offer powerful expressions of identity—examining the purpose and meaning behind what we wear. In concert with the theme of the exhibition, this program will use the diverse textile and clothing collections at the Museum to explore how what we wear tells a story about ourselves: our class, gender, religion, social roles, and status. Approaching the collections from an archaeological perspective, Dr. Anne Tiballi, consultant for the exhibition, will dig deep into several of the exhibitions ‘outfits’, making connections between the technological skill, creativity, and cultural significance of the peoples who made and wore them. Among the items she will discuss include a Pre-Columbian Andean warp-patterned tunic, headband, and bag; a Qing Dynasty Chinese court costume; and Early 20th century coconut fiber armor from Kiribati, a Mongolian silk deel and boots, and a Hopi wedding dress.


Online Talk: The Work of Professional Embroiderer

with Jenny Adin-Christie

Wednesday, 10/6/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Location: Online
Organizer: San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Jenny Adin-Christie’s talk will provide a unique insight into the now extinct form of apprenticeship training and follow the life and career of a professional embroiderer.vThis includes an insightful, fully illustrated story behind the broad range of notable commissions which she has been privileged to be part of, both in the conservation and restoration of antique textiles and in the production of new works of art. For her career Jenny trained as a professional embroiderer on the prestigious three year Apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, at Hampton Court Palace. Jenny remained at the RSN to work full time for a further ten years, as a member of the teaching team and commercial Studio staff, and became Assistant Head of Studio. Afterwards, Jenny embarked on her own freelance career in 2008. She continued to teach at the RSN, but also taught a broad range of techniques throughout the UK and around the world.


Contemporary Embroidery Design

with Devi Vallabhaneni

Wednesday, 10/20/21 10:00am PT, online event
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Admission: Free
Location: Online
Organizer: San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

Devi Vallabhaneni created her first embroidery pieces, experimenting with sequins and beads. As her enthusiasm grew, she decided to take courses in fashion design in Chicago, followed by textile classes at the famed Central Saint Martins, London. In 2016, she studied the craft of ‘crochet de Lunéville’ at Hand & Lock, winning first place at the annual embroidery competition. Transatlantic consecration of her talents came in 2018 when Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills commissioned three panels.

Devi’s talk will focus on her dedication to quality materials and the overall design process.


STANDARD BEARERS: Asafo Flags from Ghana, Past and Present

with Gus Casely-Hayford and Karun Thakar in Conversation

Saturday, 11/6/21 10 – 11:30 am PT, online event
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Admission: Free with option of donation
Location: Online via Zoom
Organizers: Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Tracing Patterns Foundation,
and the Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles

JOIN US for a discussion of Asafo Flags, the spectacular militia insignia of the Fante states
along the southern coast of Ghana. Drawing on historical examples from the Karun Collection,
Dr Gus Casely-Hayford and Karun Thakar will exchange various viewpoints from collecting to
understanding the complex meanings and practice of this textile art form.
Gus and Karun will place Asafo flags within the wider context of global textile arts and reveal
how the flags’ seemingly simple patterns can be ‘read’ to reveal aspects of the communities
who made them, and the performances in which they played a part. They will explore how the
very sophisticated art form of Asafo flags is seen in relation to colonial writings and Western art
practice. Furthermore, they will discuss the question of who are today’s bearers of this
tradition, and what are the responsibilities of public and private institutions that house these
flags in relation to post-colonial dialogue.



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