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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1002: New Interpretations of Old Textiles

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashion (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Coatsworth, now retired
Paper 1002-aEvidence of Female Dress in 7th-8th-Century Grobin, Latvia
(Language: English)
Santa Jansone, Independent Scholar, Riga
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 1002-bTextiles in Performance: The Durham Cope and St Cuthbert's Banner
(Language: English)
Mark Campbell Chambers, Department of English Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Performance Arts - Drama, Social History
Paper 1002-cPisanello's Drawings of the Dress of John VIII Paleologus
(Language: English)
Joyce Kubiski, Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Social History

Burials, literature, and images contribute to a picture of how a prosperous female inhabitant of Grobin might have dressed, suggesting influence of Scandinavian fashions. The Rites of Durham records textile objects which took on specific dramatic roles in the season-long, joint civic-ecclesiastical sequence of performance and prayer- essentially a unique mixture of public worship, ecclesiastical devotion, and Corpus Christi production. Pisanello's drawings of the dress worn by John VIII Palaeologus at the Church Council of 1438-/9 reflected his military alliances, both Christian and Muslim, signalling the West that its participation in a Crusade would certainly end in victory.