The European Textile Network (ETN) is a non-profit organisation, bringing together cultural producers (artists, designers, craft people, authors etc.), carriers of cultural heritage and education (museums, archives, libraries, universities etc.), lecturers, researchers, and textile enthusiasts to promote the exchange of information and experiences, to encourage the cooperation in projects and to arrange meetings. Textile conferences are held at regular intervals in constantly changing interesting cities - after a break due to corona, the next one is just around the corner.
The 20th ETN conference will take place from March 02 until 04, 2023 in Łódź, Poland and will have the motto „CODES - stories in textiles“. A wide range of lectures will illuminate countless stories that are hidden in textiles and reflect the character of different cultures. Contributions from the field of modern textile art, textile handicrafts as well as lectures that shed light on historical or ethnographic aspects can be expected. The conference logo shows the so-called Khipus – knotted cords from the Inca culture in South America. These Khipus were used in times before the Spanish influence to archive various information using knots. During the conference we will hear an exciting talk by researcher Manuel Medrano on this topic. You can find information about all the speakers and exciting lecture topics at https://etn-net.org/lectures-speakers.html
The conference venue Łódź is a traditional textile town in Poland, well known to many people interested in textiles. There is a large textile museum, the "Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź", which is also home to the well-known International Triennial of Tapestry, as well as the famous Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź. Of course, guided tours through the Triennale and to interesting hotspots in the town are also part of the conference programme. In the next few days you will be able to read more about this special textile city in this blog.
The conference will be held as a hybrid event. This means that an on-site attendance will be possible, but participants and speakers may also take part online via Zoom.
More information about the ETN-conference, March 2 – 4, 2023, on site and online: https://etn-net.org/etn-conference-2023.html
By Christina Leitner