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Museums, religious temples and private institutions around the world house very fine and diverse collections of textile objects. In the past decades, their significance as witnesses of old cultures and the daily life of their people have been highlighted by new research methods, which have highly contributed to an increased awareness of their artistic and historical value. The TTT comprises a network group of researchers that encourages the interdisciplinary combination of science, conservation and art history for the study of historical textiles, costumes and related materials.

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  • Dyeing Reds in Amsterdam

    *This blog was originally published on Isabella Whitworth’s website on 16/04/2018* By Isabella Whitworth   I am a British textile artist, tutor and researcher and recently took part in a two-day workshop dyeing historical reds on silk at the Rijksmuseum’s Department of Conservation and Restoration. The event was organised by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.

  • Certification of Castelo Branco Embroidery | Certificação do Bordado de Castelo Branco

    By/por Ana Pires (article written in Portuguese / artigo em Português)   Just as it is possible to certify agri-food products, one can certify other products that also refer to a particular territory, which they help identify and make specific. Such is the case of Castelo Branco Embroidery, which has long been identified with the

  • The global fashion of a robe type garment: from Japanese kimono to New Spanish quimono

    (article written in Portuguese / artigo em Português)   Andreia Martins Torres studies the circulation of Asian textiles and clothing in New Spain, especially a kind of painted cotton called “quimon” and a sort of a housecoat called “quimono”, in fashion at the 18th century. Analyzing iconographic, literary sources and unpublished documents, Spanish and Mexican

  • The Art of Dyeing Silk – Workshop on colour reproductions of historical recipes and dialogue about practical skills

    By Art Proaño Gaibor, Ana Serrano and Jenny Boulboullé   On 10 November 2017, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Culturele Erfgoed, RCE) organized a pilot workshop on current methodologies of historical reconstructions. Eight participants discussed the importance of studying historical dyeing recipes for their own professional practices and participated in

  • Global History, Comparative History and colours in Early Modern Period

    As a result of the continuous search for the perfect pigments and colours on American territory, a configuration system of interrelations was generated at all levels, this having to be calibrated and put into dialogue, parting from the different dye colours in the Early Modern period. Global History is still a comparatively recent research field

  • Released publication “De Todas as Partes do Mundo”

    The book «De Todas as Partes do Mundo: o Património do 5.º duque de Bragança, D. Teodósio I», authored by TTT member Jessica Hallett and CHAM’s researcher Nuno Senos, will be published in April 2018. This book is a result of the project “All his Worldly Possessions, The Estate of the 5th Duke of Bragança,

  • Released publication with chapter on knotted-pile carpets

    The recently published book Persian Art – Image-making in Eurasia (ed. by Yuka Kadoi) explores the pictorial, material and technological richness of the Persian world. It considers various media offering a colorful mosaic of new research into Persian visual culture by experts with diverse disciplinary background. Textiles are represented by the contribution of TTT member

  • Released publication on the trade of brazilwood

    Recently published paper by TTT member Francisco Zamora Rodríguez on European networks for the trade of brazilwood in the Early Modern period (in Spanish), entitled “Nervo deste Reyno” La red europea de agentes de la Companhia Geral de Comércio do Brasil. Read paper here.   Abstract  In 1649, the Portuguese Government established the General Trade

  • Call for Papers: Studies in Historical Textiles

    – Português segue abaixo  – CALL FOR PAPERS Special Issue Conservar Património: Studies in Historical Textiles Deadline for submissions: 17 June 2018   Conservar Património is an open access scientific journal, indexed in Scopus and Web of Science. In collaboration with the Textiles, Trade & Taste and the University of Amsterdam, it welcomes submissions for a

  • CarpetACT: Automated interpretation of X-radiographs and CT scans to assess Islamic carpet construction

    A seed money grant has been recently attributed by the The Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for a research study on the technical structure of Islamic carpets using non-invasive analytical techniques and data science. This research, to be carried out in 2018, will involve a collaboration

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