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Naga Textiles of Northeast India

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Naga Textiles of Northeast India

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Thursday, June 27
1:00–3:00 p.m. PT
Speaker: Courtenay C. McGowen, Asian Arts Council Programs Co-Chair
Hybrid Event
SDMA Boardroom and Virtual


Naga tribes of North Eastern India, in what is today the Indian state of Nagaland, have a rich history of back-strap loom weaving with which they clothed themselves. Their weaving traditions include methods of recognition of an individual’s standing within their community, reflecting the number of feasts of merit given by the wearer.


Speaker Bio: Courtenay C. McGowen is a longstanding member of the Asian Arts Council (AAC) who has chaired both the AAC and the AAC Study Group. She has a master’s degree in art history from Columbia University and serves on the boards of Mingei International Museum and also the Museum Trustee Association. She currently co-chairs programs for AAC with Gordon Brodfuehrer.


Please note, this session will be held in-person in the SDMA Boardroom and simultaneously shared virtually via Zoom. The lecture will be followed by a social event for AAC members attending in person.

Save your spot by clicking on this link. All virtual participants will be sent the Zoom link via confirmation email with instructions once you secure your place.

In-person participants should check-in at the front desk with ticket for lecture.


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Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council.


Featured at top right: Detail photo of Thungpang, a Chang warrior of great renown wearing his ceremonial shawl embroidered with cowrie shells, from Milada Ganguli’s 1993 book Naga Art.

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June 27
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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