IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 524: Natural and Social Threads

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashion (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Anne Reaves, Department of English & Communication, Marian College, Indianapolis
Moderator/Chair:Anne Reaves, Department of English & Communication, Marian College, Indianapolis
Paper 524-aA Survey of Coptic Textiles in Pennsylvania
(Language: English)
Linda M. Blowney, Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashion (DISTAFF), Pennsylvania
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Daily Life
Paper 524-bThe Wet-Spinning of Flax
(Language: English)
Nahum Ben-Yehuda, Department of Jewish History
Index terms: Art History - General, Economics - Trade, Social History, Technology
Paper 524-cDressing Up the Nuns: The Lingua Ignota and Hildegard of Bingen's Clothing
(Language: English)
Sarah Higley, Department of English, University of Rochester, New York
Index terms: Art History - General, Economics - General, Social History, Women's Studies
Abstract

The papers in ‘Natural and Social Threads’ examine the production of fibers and clothing, as well as their social implications in Coptic, Jewish, and Christian worlds. ‘A Survey of Coptic Textile in Pennsylvania’ focuses on the late antique and early medieval artefacts in two collections in Pennsylvania which are only now receiving full critical attention. ‘The Wet-Spinning of Flax’ addresses both the technology and Rabbinical literature about the social ramifications of wet-spinning. ‘Dressing Up the Nuns’ is the first study of the social and economic status of the clothing references in two of Hildegard of Bingen’s manuscripts (not just the metaphorical language). Together, the papers range across time and cultures to comment on the natural and social uses of fiber and their products.