Lunch Talk: Material Culture: A Shared Heritage

We are happy to invite to a lunch talk on the origin and use of textile patterns in Himalaya and on the Tibetan Plateau, with Ellen Bangsbo. Feel free to bring along your lunch and listen in on this interesting talk.  


This talk addresses the origin and use of patterns in Himalayan textiles. Textiles decompose easily and we are left with few remains of ancient textiles. At archeological sites textiles are often restricted to bits and torn pieces, but a way to trace textile designs is by examining ancient paintings and sculptures in temples. Ancient designs and patterns have travelled with merchants and pilgrims, covering large distances from Rajastan in India and ancient Iran, to be used in ancient and contemporary Himalaya and on the Tibetan Plateau. Local dress and fabric are used to express identity and belonging, but can a reinterpretation of local handicraft support a continuation of textile heritage and handicrafts? Are these old techniques and designs to remain in common use?

Speakers BioEllen Bangsbo

Ellen Bangsbo is an anthropologist, who holds a BA in Tibetan Studies and is educated in weaving and textile design from the School of Arts and Crafts at Copenhagen. Her former writings are on education for Tibetans in Tibet and in exile, but she has now returned her focus on textiles, both in practice with her own weavings as well as in writings. She is a member of The Danish Women’s Artist Association (KKS) and The International Association of Tibetan Studies (IATS). She is currently a guest researcher at the Centre for Textile Research (CTR), University of Copenhagen.