Dr. Jeffrey C. Splitstoser, January 17, 2021
The Preceramic site of Huaca Prieta on the north coast of present-day Peru has been famous since the late 1940s for producing some of the world's earliest cotton textiles, which were decorated with complex colorful designs. Blue is present among even the earliest fabrics, but its source remained elusive until recently when indigo was detected in a 6,200-years-old striped fabric from the site. This discovery marked the earliest known use of indigo in the world.
In this presentation, Dr. Splitstoser will talk about the site of Huaca Prieta and its textiles, including a discussion about how the fabrics were excavated, how they survived over six-thousand years, their conservation, and how their structures, designs and pigments were analyzed. He is the textile specialist for the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project (directed by Dr. Tom Dillehay), that led to this discovery.
Dr. Splitstoser is Assistant Research Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, Washington, D.C ; research associate of the Institute of Andean Studies, Berkeley, and a Cosmos Club scholar. He is also VP of the Boundary End Center, an archaeology research facility and retreat in western North Carolina, and an editor of its two peer-reviewed journals, Ancient America and the Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing. He has studied Andean textiles for over 20 years. His Ph.D. dissertation is a study of the Paracas textiles (ca. 850‒300 BCE) from Cerrillos, Ica Valley, Peru. An authority on khipus-colored-and-knotted-string devices that allowed Andean people to record information without writing, he co-curated the exhibition, "Written in Knots: Undeciphered Records of Andean Life" April 2019, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Thomas Murray, November 7th 2020
"Repurposed Cloth, Meaning Changes with Context"
Thomas Murray will discuss the onward journey of three varieties of repurposed cloth from Japan. Topics will include Japanese Boro patchwork aesthetics, Ainu use of trade cotton and kimono fragments in their robes, and the creative inspiration that comes from collecting Okinawan bingata sample fragments.
Thomas Murray is an independent researcher, collector, lecturer and private dealer of Asian and Tribal art, with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles, as well as animistic art from other varied cultures. He also features Indian Trade Cloths from the 14th-18th Centuries. He has placed objects in more than 30 museums on four continents.
A HALI magazine Contributing Editor for the last 30 years, Tom serves as their "in-house" expert on all tribal sculpture and textiles, with more than 50 publications. He has lectured widely, including "Ottoman Influences on Islamic Calligraphic Batik from Indonesia," "Lampung Imagery, Textile Iconography of South Sumatra," and "Considering a Nias Ancestor Sculpture". His most recent books, "Textiles of Japan and "Rarities - the Himalayas to Hawaii" were met with critical acclaim. Thomas Murray is past President of ATADA, The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and served a three-year term as a member of President Obama's Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the State Department. Thomas Murray continues to consult with museums and private clients all over the world.
See: www.tmurrayarts.com to know more about Tom, his books, textiles and more.
Carol James will tell us about the Arizona Openwork 'Tonto' shirt made in the Sprang technique dated to 12th C.
Date and time TBD