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The Eighth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture: "Women's Visions: A Nomad Legacy in Islamic Art", by John T. Wertime
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Saddlebag face, northwest Persia, Moghan region, Shahsevan tribe, 19th century. Wool; weft-wrapped weave (sumak). Collection of Bruce and Terry Baganz
In the eastern half of northwest Persia and Transcaucasia, an ancient weaving culture once existed, wherein the women of nomadic pastoralist tribes and their settled kin produced utilitarian textiles of uncommon quality and beauty using the weft-wrapping weaving technique known as sumak. Outstanding examples from this rich tradition illustrate the lives of these nomad women, the objects they made, and the influences on their artistic visions.
John Wertime is an independent scholar, author, and lecturer on flat weaves and tribal carpets. His numerous publications include Caucasian Carpets and Covers: The Weaving Culture (1995) and Sumak Bags of Northeast Persia and Transcaucasia (1998).
Admission to the lecture is free.
This lecture is generously supported by the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society.