Unpicking Woven Heritage: Cultural narratives of handwoven eri silk textiles from Meghalaya, Northeast India
A talk by Anna-Louise Meynell
Remote Northeast India is home to eri silk, a fibre rich in cultural significance. It is cultivated and woven by many of the ethnic groups, each with their own techniques and traditions. In Meghalaya it is almost exclusively dyed with natural dyes and woven on simple bamboo floor looms. The weaving communities have been exposed to social change for generations, much of which can be ‘read’ through the textiles and techniques. The presentation explores these cultural narratives through an analysis of the textiles. It will conclude with samples and products for sale.
This presentation is based on the doctoral research of Anna-Louise Meynell (Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London) in the remote state of Meghalaya, Northeast India.
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