College of Arts and Sciences


  • Aarti Kawlra and Naomi Kasumi Focus on Textiles in India

    April 20, 2011

    Dr. Aarti Kawlra, a social anthropologist, presents "Heritage for Whom: Mapping the Discourse(s) of Modernity on the 'Handloom' in Tamil Nadu, India." Joining her is Professor Naomi Kasumi of the Fine Arts Department presenting on Indian textiles as well as the works of art she created while at the Sanskriti Foundation Art Residency Program near Delhi. On May 3, Kawlra speaks on"From Clothing and Culture to Dress and Fashion:The Sari."

    Kawlra  teaches in the Department of Humanities, Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) in Madras where she has a leadership role in the Rural Technology and Business Incubator at IIT Madras. She helped establish Rural Opportunities Production Enterprise in India, which assists individuals with rural skills to engage in the global marketplace. More than one million handmade units in home textiles and life-style products are produced annually.

    Kawlra‘s presentation on Handloom Weaving takes place on May 2 at 5 p.m., preceded by a public reception at 4:15 p.m. Her presentation on the history and fashion of the sari takes place on May 3 at 12 noon.

    Both events, which take place in Hunthausen 100, are free and open to the public. They are sponsored by the Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities. The current chair is History Professor Hazel Hahn.


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