The Textile Museum Journal: Brilliance, Color and the Manipulation of Light in Andean Textile Traditions
Elena Phipps and Mary Dusenbury
As part of our interview series for The Textile Museum Journal, contributing scholar Elena Phipps and guest editor Mary Dusenbury will discuss the Andean predilection for textiles that reflect light.
In her research, Dr. Phipps explores ingenious methods for creating textiles that elicit awe through light, sound and movement. She found these characteristics in textiles from as early as 300 BCE, and her study carries the research to the centuries immediately following the European conquest. In this interview, Dr. Phipps will exmaine how Andean makers’ keen sensitivity to material, spin, weave structure and embellishment created the effects of light glancing off the surface of the textile.
About The Textile Museum Journal
Our peer-reviewed journal is the leading publication for the exchange of textile scholarship in North America. Published each fall, it features research on the cultural, technical, historical, and aesthetic significance of textiles from all around the world.
About Elena Phipps
Dr. Phipps was president of the Textile Society of America from 2010 to 2014. She was senior museum conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she co-curated the award-winning exhibition The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork 1430-1830
. She has many publications on colors, dyes, textiles and culture, including Cochineal Red and Looking at Textiles. She teaches textile history at the University of California, Los Angeles.
About Mary M. Dusenbury
Dr. Dusenbury is research curator at the University of Kansas’s Spencer Museum of Art. She has written and lectured extensively on East and Central Asian textiles, and served as project director and editor for an international study that culminated in the publication Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia
. She holds degrees from Radcliffe College/Harvard University and the University of Kansas.
How to Participate
After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining our program online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.
About the Series
In this four-part series, authors who contributed to volume 47 of The Textile Museum Journal
discuss the importance of color studies for understanding the historical and cultural context of textiles. Browse all interviews