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Cultures of Cloth in Mughal South Asia

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Cultures of Cloth in Mughal South Asia

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Saturday, September 24
10:00 a.m.–noon PT
Speaker: Sylvia Houghteling, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College
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In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a vast array of textiles circulated throughout South Asia in the lands ruled by the Mughal Empire. Made from rare fibers and crafted using virtuosic techniques, these exquisite objects animated early modern experience, from the intimate, sensory pleasure of garments to the monumentality of imperial tents. This lecture tells stories of how textiles crafted and collected across South Asia participated in political negotiations, fostered social conversations, and conveyed personal feeling across the breadth of the Mughal Empire.

Sylvia Houghteling is Assistant Professor of the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, where she teaches courses on early modern visual and material culture, the history of textiles, and South Asian and Islamic art and architecture. She received an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2015. From 2015-2016, she held the Sylvan C. Coleman and Pam Coleman Memorial Fund Fellowship in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her first book, The Art of Cloth in Mughal India, was published by Princeton University Press in the spring of 2022.


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Free for active South Asian Arts Council (renewed for 2022-2023) and SDMA members | $10 for all others


Sponsored by the South Asian Arts Council.


Featured at top right: Persian Courtier (detail), ca. 1615. Opaque watercolor, ink, and gold on paper. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection, 1990.457.

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September 24, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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