Ancient to Modern Textiles: Technology, Materiality, and History

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Ancient to Modern Textiles

Spring 2021

Taught By: Magali Berthon

Section: A

CRN: 8389

Credits: 3

This course explores cultural, social, economic, technological, and aesthetic history through textile artifacts and our interactions with them. The history of textiles including materials of fashion and interiors is examined from the Middle Ages through the first half of the twentieth century. This course will introduce students to fibers and fabrics within a historical context, comprising the significant developments in the style, technology, and function of textiles. The main textile categories covered are plain weave cloths, patterned-woven silks, tapestry, carpets, embroidery, lace, and printed/painted fabrics. Students will learn to identify weave structures and materials, through the physical observation of textile swatches. The goal is to develop an understanding of fabrics and their significance in history as indicators of status and wealth. Surviving evidence in museum collections, as well as the representation of textiles in painting and literature, will be considered. Focus is placed on European textile production in the context of global trade to outline the impact of cultural exchanges primarily with the Middle East, Central, and East Asia. The course incorporates virtual visits to key textile centers in New York City area such as the Cooper Hewitt and the Ratti Center at the Metropolitan Museum as students will examine objects from their collections and reflect on textile conservation and curatorial practices in a museum environment.

Open to: All university graduate degree students and upper level undergraduates by permission.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021