In conjunction with the gallery exhibition Weaving Communities Through Cloth, author Marian Pastor Roces discusses the significance and creation of traditional hand-woven textiles from the Philippines.
The author of the seminal book on Philippine textiles describes the necessity of textile mapping of greater complexity than provincial or "ethnic" boundaries. The paper guides the audience into the interlocking and interlayering of textile traditions in the Philippine archipelago through a sustained focus on techniques of making. Materials used will also be discussed, but also in relation to how these historically-charged plant sources enter the complex cartography she is advocating.
Roces returns to textile scholarship after a hiatus of 30 years, during which she attended to her work as a critic of institutions and independent curator working globally.
This program is sponsored by the Filipino American Association of Greater Columbia (FAAGC), Arthaland, and South Carolina Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.