I N S P IRATIO N F RO M T H E P A S T : TRA C I N G M OTI F S A N D P ATT E R N S I N F U S TAT T E X TIL E F RA G M E N T S – TAASA Review March 2016

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Liz Williamson You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden.

Allen Ginsberg, American poet 1950s. P aris has some of the world’s notable decorative arts museums with valuable archives of historic, ethnic and contemporary fashion and textiles for museum exhibitions, design reference and research.

These provided the starting point for my research into Indian textiles during a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts from 3 July to 28 September 2015. Along with many other institutions in Australia and internationally, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has an apartment in the Cité for academic staff and postgraduate research scholars undertaking research in Paris...