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09.02.13: Making Event on Clothing

Posted by: Will Wootton 9 years, 3 months ago

On Saturday 9th February, some of the project team are organising an event on the making of clothing. Although not concerned explicitly with Classical antiquity there will be significant components addressing the Roman world in particular. The event is funded by the King's College London Arts & Humanities Research Institute and is in collaboration with the Centre for Hellenic Studies. It is part of a series of Applied Art workshops which we were also involved in last year.

The event is called, 'Constructing Clothing: Exploring the Making of Dress', and we hope you might be interested. Further information can be found on the King's College London website by clicking here. The fee is only £5 and includes lunch, you can book here.

Constructing Clothing: Exploring the Making of Dress

This workshop explores the interconnectedness of the production of clothing and the construction of self. The morning session focuses on approaches to making paying particular attention to its social functions. In the afternoon the papers focus on production in its historical context, examining the technical evidence as it survives from the Classical to Medieval periods. The aim of the day is to bring together a diverse audience to think about how the dress functions in terms of practical, functional and cultural elements. We are what we make and we are what we wear.


1000-1030 Tea and Coffee

1030-1040 Introduction

Constructing clothing: approaches to making

1040-1120 Margarita Gleba (University College London), ‘You are what you wear: exploring evidence for Scythian dress’.

1120-1200 Ben Cartwright (University of Cambridge), ‘Making the cloth that binds us: the role of textile production in producing a sense of home’.

1200-1240 Myriem Naji (University College London), ‘Working at the loom, working on the self: gender and weaving in the Sirwa, Morocco’.

1240-1340 Lunch

The making of dress: from the Classical to Medieval periods

1340-1410 Myriem Naji’s film of the Sirwa Weavers of Morocco making the akhnif.

1410-1450 Hero Granger-Taylor, ‘Weaving clothes to shape in Classical antiquity’.

1450-1530 Ursula Rothe (The Open University), ‘Roman provincial dress: making and meaning’.

1530-1600 Tea and coffee

1600-1640 Frances Pritchard (University of Manchester), ‘Styling dress in Viking-age Dublin’.

1640-1720 Gale Owen-Crocker (University of Manchester), ‘Digging out medieval dress: the importance and limitations of archaeological evidence’.

1720-1745 Questions and conclusions