After reading the course introduction I had a look through some old world textile books for ideas on which culture’s textiles I would like to investigate. I studied the history of world textiles (especially embroidery) when I did my C&G qualifications in stitched textiles. I really enjoyed that aspect of the course and found it fascinating so I would like to look at a different part of textiles rather that centring on embroidery this time.
The cultural textiles I would most like to learn more about are those produced on the islands of the Pacific. I have seen ‘Tapa cloths’ available for sale in the past and really love the patterns and symbols painted and printed on them but know little of their origins and the techniques used to make them or the cultural significance of the patterns or techniques used on them.
I have started to have a look online for examples and have set up a Pinterest board to help me keep track of any information I find. You can find it here. I will keep adding to this as I go. I have also ordered some books into my local library for reference.