Textile Talk

powerpoint presentation introducing this assignment

topic of interest (and two runner ups) due: 9/22
an outline, bibliography and scanned image due: 11/1
presentations scheduled for: 11/17 and 11/22

11/17: Veronica, Sarah, Rachel, Proud, Phoebe, Abby, Jocelyn, Parrish
11/22: Reece, Elysha, April, J, Eugene, Julia, Heejin

powerpoint presentations must be uploaded to this google folder before class begins

The Textile Talks are designed to help our community learn about aspects of textile history, traditions and technical processes, as well as contemporary issues.  The presentation allows each of you to investigate a topic that is of particular interest to you, sharing your findings with the class, while building your research and presentation skills.

Look over the list of topics.  Please choose one, or if you have another topic in mind that is not on the list, propose it to me.  Make sure that your topic is not too broad – i.e. quilts (what a big genre!).  Be specific – locate a particular culture or tradition (i.e. Amish quilts or Gee’s Bend quilts).  Research your topic, gather visual materials and share your findings with the class through an engaging presentation utilizing projected images and speaking. (Powerpoint or Google Slides are recommended, though you may propose an alternative presentation style.)


  • Your presentation will be to the entire class.
  • You must submit an outline, bibliography and scanned image
  • Your scanned image must be from a book found on the 4th Floor of the Hunt Library
  • Your sources must be in MLA style and must include at least 3 non-internet sources (journal articles accessed via the library’s online journal catalog are acceptable as non-internet sources).
  • The presentation may not exceed 10 minutes.  Please limit the number of visuals to 18-20.
  • Do not project the text of your presentation – instead use images to support your talk.

Consider these questions in preparing your presentation:

  • When and where was this work made?  Would a map be useful to help us understand?
  • What are the origins of the textile process? Why did it develop?  How?
  • How was it made?  What was it made from?
  • How did the makers learn their craft?  What were their working conditions?
  • Where is/was the work seen or how is/was it used?
  • How did the work evolve?  Did styles change over time?  Did any outside influences influence stylistic changes?  Has the use of these works changed over time?
  • Are there contemporary artists that are using/addressing this textile tradition in their work?
  • What interests YOU about this work/aspect of textile history?

Textile Talk Topics

Pre-Columbian Peruvian textiles
Japanese textile techniques (for example, shibori or kasuri/ikat)
Indonesian textiles (ikat, batik, ship cloths)
Indian printed textiles (calico)
Navajo weaving
Indigenous American Quillwork and Beadwork
Chinese Dragon Robes
Korean Hanbok
European Lace (choose a specific region)
Coptic textiles
Basketry tradition (choose one)
Ghanian/West African Kente Cloth
South Pacific Tapa Cloth
Zaire Kuba Cloth (raffia velvet)
Mongolian Felt
Russian Constructivist Printed Fabric
Asofo or Fante Flags
Bauhaus Textiles
The Bayeux Tapestry
Toiles de Jouy
American Needlepoint Samplers
Hmong Story Cloth
South African Memory cloth Hazrat weavers
Panamanian Molas
Textiles central to religious traditions:
       Prayer rugs
        Hair Shirts
       Sufi Patchwork robes
Marine textiles (netting, sail cloth)
Adiri Cloth by Yoruba People of Nigeria
History of Indigo
Tartans (Scottish or Celtic plaids)
Textile Waste and Recycling/Rag Trade
Textiles of Northwest Coast (Kwakiutl, Tlingit or Tsimshian)
American Macrame
Costume/Dress traditions (a specific culture)
Bolivian chullo (knitting)Cholitas
Warrior Shirts of the Plains Indian
The Veil
Ottoman Robes
Festival Costume Traditions
Mardi Gras Krewes
The Mummers
Technology and Textiles: Smart Textiles
The Jacquard Loom
Malian Bògòlanfini (“Mud Cloth”)
Feather work (choose a particular culture)
Beading/Sequins (choose a particular culture)
Vodou Flags
Quilt and Piecework Traditions:
Korean Jogakbo or Bojagi
Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Baltimore Album Quilts
Amish Quilts
William Morris/Arts and Crafts Movement
The Wiener Werkstatte
Braiding Traditions (choose a culture) Pendletons

Or Propose Your Own Topic!

Bibliography & Outline Examples

Grading Rubric

Textile Talk Grading Rubric