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Dr. Zvezdana Dode, an archaeologist and art historian who has done extensive research on medieval costume and textiles of the Northern Caucasus, will discuss the color choices and dyes of the people who inhabited this region, and how the environment influenced these choices. The Turks, Iranianas, Adigs, and Vainah who live here have similar costumes, but their color choices from the same available dye-stuffs show distinct preferences. Dr. Dode will also speak about pictorial reconstruction of archaeological costume from found fragments.
Zvezdana Dode received her PhD from the Oriental Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, then served as professor of archaeology and art history and curator at Stavropol State Museum. As an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Zvezdana made a comparative study of silk textiles of the Mongolian period in Eurasia. Dr. Dode is the author of more than 70 articles and 3 monographs. Her field work includes excavations of Late Bronze Age, Iron Age, and medieval barrows sites in the Northern Caucasus.
She is currently a senior researcher at the Southern Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Science.
Presented by the Textile Arts Council.