Weaving Connections Across the Western Indian Ocean in the Nineteenth Century
About the Speaker
Dr. Sarah Fee is Senior Curator, Global Fashion & Textiles at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. She is responsible for the museum’s renowned collection of 15,000 textiles and fashions that come from greater Asia and Africa. Sarah began her textile research in Madagascar, and in recent years expanded to the western Indian Ocean world. Most recently she curated the exhibition "The Cloth that Changed the World: The Painted and Printed Cottons of India". Dr. Fee teaches in the Art Department, University of Toronto, and is a Research Associate at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris.
This talk is moderated by Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi, Assistant Professor of Art, George Washington University.
Please see this link to learn more her latest publication on South Asian textiles.
Recommended readings for this talk authored by Dr. Sarah Fee
- 2019. "Filling Hearts With Joy: Handcrafted “Indian textile” Exports to Central Eastern Africa in the Nineteenth Century," in Edward Alpers and Chhaya Goswami eds., Trans-regional Trade and Traders: Situating Gujarat in the Indian Ocean from Early Times to c. 1900, Oxford University Press.
- 2018 . "The Dearest Thing on the East African Coast: Muscat cloth in East Central Africa," in Pedro Machado, Sarah Fee, and Gwyn Campbell eds. An Ocean of Cloth: Textile Trades, Consumer Cultures and the Textile Worlds of the Indian Ocean. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209-252.
- 2017. "'Cloth with Names”’: Luxury Textile Imports in Eastern Africa, ca. 1800-1885," Textile History, 48 (1):49-84.
- 2013. "The Shape of Fashion: the Historic Silk Brocades (akotifahana) of Highland Madagascar," African Arts Autumn, 46(3):26-39.