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Unmissable COTTON-Picking talk

Thursday 26th April, don’t miss the opportunity to hear a fascinating talk by Anna Arabindan-Kesson. Arabindan-Kesson is a History of Art and African-American studies academic travelling from Yale University, USA to discuss issues around the representation of cotton production in… Continue reading

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Focus on: Indian Textiles

In this audio piece we focus on Indian textiles in COTTON: Global Threads. Curator Dr Jennifer Harris discusses the large scale Tipu’s Tent, presented as part of a range of textile treasures highlighting India’s considerable contribution to the history of… Continue reading

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Focus on: Yinka Shonibare

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris discusses Yinka Shonibare‘s piece, specially commissioned for COTTON: Global Threads. Shonibare’s work is synonymous with Dutch wax print fabrics and notions of hybridity, history and identity. Harris explains how his work elegantly articulates some major themes… Continue reading

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Focus on: Abdoulaye Konaté

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris introduces the work of Abdoulaye Konaté featured in COTTON: Global Threads. This Malian artist works with cotton and found objects to create beautiful large scale meditative pieces. Konaté tackles themes of genocide referencing traditional techniques with… Continue reading

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Fairtrade: Can a pair of jeans really cost £5?

Fairtrade Fortnight is in full swing – have you registered your step towards ensuring a fair deal for the producers and traders of the everyday things we use? With a backlash against ‘fast fashion’ by media pundits such as Lucy… Continue reading

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Focus on: ‘Six spark plugs’ fabric design

The Curator of COTTON: Global Threads and Deputy Director of the Whitworth, Dr Jennifer Harris discusses with Liza Lemsatef Cunningham this curious design, currently on display in the Textile Gallery, part of the gallery’s extensive textile collection.

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