An international seminar on the 30th and 31st October 2018 titled ‘Cosmopolitan Kalamkaris: Crafting Connections through 17th century Figural Fabrics’
The department of Museology, National Museum Institute organized an international seminar on the 30th and 31st October 2018 titled ‘Cosmopolitan Kalamkaris: Crafting Connections through 17th century Figural Fabrics’. This seminar is a part of the project, ‘Eyes on Dyes and Deals: Stories of East-West fascination on and behind 17th century Kalamkaris’. The project Is being coordinated by Prof. (Dr.) Manvi Seth, HoD & Dean NMI from the Indian side and by Gerda Theuns from the Netherland side.
The collaboration between the Netherlands and India goes back a long way. Kalamkari textiles were one of the most important commodities commissioned by the Dutch traders in 16th to 17th Century and subsequently exported to the Netherlands. Some of these exquisite historic pieces have survived the ravages of time and are now part of museum collections in the Netherlands and other countries.
This seminar, ‘Cosmopolitan Kalamkaris: Crafting Connections through 17th century Figural Fabrics’ is an endeavour to raise awareness, invite enquiry, facilitate research about these historic Indo-Dutch Kalamkaris. The focus of the seminar was the figural Kalamkaris of the 17th century, produced in context of the Indo-Dutch encounters and the flourishing international trade of those times, however the thematic range of the seminar engaged various other facets of the art’s past and present.
The two-day seminar brought together perhaps one of the largest Indo-Dutch gathering in recent years. Around 16 scholars, academicians and museum professionals presented their papers. The seminar was attended by more than 60 participants. The speakers invited for the seminar were from India, the Netherlands and France. The participants who attended were also from various backgrounds, contributing to the interdisciplinary environment.