Designers and Artisans Textile Club

The textile club provides a sense of community and an informal space where we get together once a week for one hour to share experiences and talk about our favorite topic - textiles! We will invite artists, collectors, and experts to talk to us on a regular basis. Scroll down for details about today's speaker.

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Club sessions will resume on January 26 2021

Invitation to Virtual Presentation by
Dr. Jeffrey C. Splitstoser,

Sunday January 17, 2021, 3 PM EST

Co-hosts: DATC (Designers and Artisans Textile Club) and IHBS (InternationalHajji Baba Society)

This program is being offered FREE of cost


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.

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