Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Lecture by Padmini Tolat Balaram

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Indian Chintz to Japanese Wa Sarasa: Impact of Trade Textiles of India on Japanese Textiles

This illustrated talk traces the Indian textiles traded to Japan starting from Ryukyu Kingdom Period to the Period of European Traders, the routes they used for trading, and the way Indian textiles were used in Japan. What did the Japanese produce after copying "prohibitively expensive" Indian textiles? What were the differences between original Indian textiles and those produced by Japanese?

Dr. Padmini Tolat Balaram is a textile scholar and designer. She is Professor of Design at Silpa-Sadana, Sriniketan, Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal, founded by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. She is visiting the US on a Fulbright-Nehru Teaching Fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, South Asia Institute, Department of Asian Studies and Department of History at the The University of Texas at Austin.