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Kristal Hale & Alejandro de Avila: Lecture & Social Potluck

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Talks by Kristal Hale-Murray + Alejandro de Avila. Potluck lunch and Social.
Led by Yoshiko I. Wada
Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 10:30 - 14:00
Slow Fiber Studios ANNEX | 1825 8th St. Berkeley, CA
$30 Public |$25 WSN member
40 participants (max)

Join Slow Fiber Studios for a social event with visiting Textile Conservator Kristal Hale-Murray and Director and Curator Alejandro de Avila B who will both present their reserach on textile craft heritage. Please bring your favorite dish at the potluck whilst you will have the opportunity to further converse with our specialists and fellow Slow Fiber friends.

Medieval Italian Alms Purse examined at the Abegg-Stiftung

Talk by Kristal Hale-Murray

Nestled in the foothills of the Bernese Alps in Riggisberg, Switzerland is the esteemed Abegg-Stiftung (Foundation). Recent graduate from the textile conservation program, Kristal Hale-Murray, will speak about the Foundation’s private textile collections, research and conservation program. Recently having obtained a master’s degree in textile conservation, Kristal will present her dissertation on the analysis and conservation of a 13th-14th Century medieval tapestry-woven alms purse from the Cathedral of Como, Italy, emphasizing the use of dyes originating from plant species foreign to medieval Europe. She will also provide a glimpse into the current exhibition organized at the Abegg-Stiftung, Luxury on the Nile - Late Antique Attire from Egypt which includes loome constructed woven clothes and natural dyes.

The Raffle of the Jaguar

Talk by Alejandro de Avila B.

Francisco Toledo, artist and philanthropist extraordinaire, donated to the Museo Textil de Oaxaca an example of woven featherwork that may originate in the Mixtec region of southern Mexico, and which probably dates from the late 17th Century. The study of this exceptional fragment has allowed us to recreate the dyeing, spinning and weaving of duck/goose down into fabric. In this lecture, Alejandro will describe and illustrate the historical textile, along with a full sized huipil (the Mesoamerican women's tunic) that he has designed and crafted together with the talented young weaver Noe Pinson Palafox, inspired by Francisco Toledo’s gift to the museum. The huipil features a pattern of jaguars, intended as a pun on the historical moment Mexico is going through currently.

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