Double Ikat “Patola” Weaving in Western India
On February 21 at 1:00 pm, Cynthia Cunningham Cort will present a lecture and film about Double Ikat “Patola” Weaving in Western India. Ikat is a remarkable technique in which threads are tie-dyed before being woven. It is produced in many places in Asia with its ultimate expression coming from Gujarat in India. Ms. Cort shot her film in India from 1979-1981 to document this amazing technique and will bring with her examples of these beautiful textiles.
Cynthia Cort is an independent scholar of textiles. She holds a B.A. in Indian Textiles from the University of Wisconsin and has conducted ethnographic and historical research in India on brocade weaving in Banaras, the Patola double ikat textiles of Patan, Gujarat, and embroidery traditions of Saurashtra, Gujarat. She has also worked at the Peabody-Essex museum in Salem MA, Tibet House in New York City, and has taught Indian Textiles at the University of Wisconsin. She curated the exhibition “Petals and Plumage: a collection of Indian Textiles” at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University and more recently the exhibition Gorgeous Threads at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, Ohio. She is currently collections manager of The Works, in Newark, and of the Granville Historical Society.