Join us on Wednesday 7 July for an evening of virtual discussion on the topic of ‘woven air’— fabrics such as muslin which have been romanticised in the world of textiles. This will be followed by a screening of Legend of the Loom, a documentary focusing on Muslin cloth, its trade and the demise of the industry.
Made specifically for international audiences, this documentary takes viewers on a breath-taking 2000-year-old journey; from the herbariums of the world, the rivers of Bengal where the plant (Gossypium Arboreum Var. Neglecta) grew, to the famous museums of Europe where the best examples of Muslin are still stored.
Researched and scripted by Saiful Islam, the film covers the story of the first foreigners to come to Bengal in search of its fine textiles, the establishment of empires and the opening of trade routes that began to connect the subcontinent to the wider world. Along the way, weavers, farmers, experts, designers, scientists and artisans give their views, add information and perspectives on display techniques, making the story come alive on screen.
Prior to the film screening we will be joined by Dr Sonia Ashmore, a regular contributor to Selvedge Magazine, who will speak about muslin in Georgian England and Mata Varma, who will talk on Chikankari, an exquisite and delicate form of embroidery.
Watch our trailer for an insight into our virtual talk.
Visit the event page for more information and to book tickets: Woven Air, Virtual Talk and Film Screening of Legend of the Loom