The Scope of the Course:
The course covers the study of historical textiles, by focusing on the textile traditions of Greece. The study of textiles holds important position in the fields of pre-modern and modern material culture, as it can shed light on the social symbolisms that dress, ceremonial and domestic drapery conveyed. It offers a window to the cultural, social and economic trends of the context in which textiles were produced and consumed.
The theory of the course covers the following:
The basic methodology for the identification and study of different traditions of textiles and their decoration. At the same time, the course will also cover the aspects of trade, aesthetic and social symbolism in relation to the textile traditions of Greece, and with particular emphasis on the periods from which more material remnants survive (that is from the Late Middle Ages and on).
1. The interdisciplinary study of textiles
2. Ancient Greek textiles
3. Coptic textiles
4. Early Christian and Middle Byzantine weaving
5. Late Byzantine textile culture
6. Weaving workshops of Ottoman Constantinople and Bursa
7. Post-Byzantine ecclesiastical embroidery
8. Imported textiles from Europe and Asia in Ottoman Greece
9. The weaving industry of Chios
10. Printed textiles in Greece
11. Greek folk dress
12. Museum trip
The course’s objectives are to provide to the students the methodology for the study of the aesthetic and decoration of historical textiles, as well as to expose them to the major textile traditions of Greece from antiquity until the modern times.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
The students after successful completion of the module will be able to:
The students after successful completion of the module will be able:
1. To study historical textiles (archaeological, ethnic, and modern) with an interdisciplinary methodology
2. To understand the analysis of textile objects through the provided foundations. Different aspects of production, use, and aesthetic.
3. to poss the necessary analytical tools for the identification and study of textiles, as well as their contextualization.
Language of evaluation is Greek
Students’ evaluation (100%): Essay writing (individually) on a selected subject from the beginning of the semester
Guidelines are given at the first lecture of the course and posted on e-class
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