TAASA TEXTILE STUDY GROUP Shared Passions – Symbolism & Imagery in Asian Textiles 13 August 2014 Following on from the TAASA symposium on the same topic held on 19 July, Margaret White invited members to bring along textiles from their collections that portray symbolism & imagery. Contributors, following pre-set guidelines, were asked to explore the theme and to share their knowledge and passion for their textiles with a 5-10min. presentation to the group. – TAASA Review December 2014


This article was originally found in the December 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 4, Page 27).

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These "shared passion" sessions have proved very popular and this one was no exception with 11 members presenting a wide range of textiles from many different regions.

Some examples shown were a Central Asian Suzani, a Kashmir Shawl, a Tampuan skirt from Cambodia and even an ancient Egyptian textile fragment.

All textiles displayed strong imagery and stimulated lively discussion amongst those present. The Rabari Shawl ­ Symbol of Change 10 September 2014 Carole Douglas’ recent article in the September Textile edition of the TAASA Review was wonderfully illustrated on the night with a stunning display of rich and colourfully embroidered Rabari wedding shawls. Lachhuben Rabari scrutinises a contemporary wedding shawl...