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Power Textiles from Islamic Lands

Qasab fragment with ducks and parrots Gauzy linen tabby with silk and gold tapestry Egypt Mid-11th century 980.78.111.A Wilkinson Collection, Gift of Albert and Federico Friedberg

Luxury textiles were indispensable symbols of status, wealth and power at imperial courts across the vast Islamic lands from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. The industry flourished under the auspices of sultans, the foremost consumers, and textile designers and weavers excelled at creating vibrant yet harmonious patterns that corresponded with the fashions of ruling dynasties, cultures and periods. Textile‐literate consumers demanded unadulterated quality with lustrous silk thread, rich colors, and well‐made durable fabrics, which will be illustrated with spectacular examples.

Speaker: Louise Mackie, Cleveland Museum of Art

Presented in Partnership by the Royal Ontario Museum and His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Canada.

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