Dr. Aarti Kawlra, a social
anthropologist, presents "Heritage for Whom: Mapping the Discourse(s) of Modernity on
the 'Handloom' in Tamil Nadu, India." Joining
her is Professor Naomi Kasumi of the Fine Arts Department presenting on Indian textiles as well as the
works of art she created while at the Sanskriti Foundation Art Residency Program near Delhi. On May 3, Kawlra speaks on"From
Clothing and Culture to Dress and Fashion:The Sari."
Kawlra teaches in the Department of
Humanities, Indian Institute of Technology (ITT) in Madras where she has a
leadership role in the Rural Technology and Business Incubator at IIT Madras.
She helped establish Rural Opportunities Production Enterprise in India, which
assists individuals with rural skills to engage in the global marketplace. More
than one million handmade units in home textiles and life-style products are
Kawlra‘s presentation on Handloom Weaving
takes place on May 2 at 5 p.m., preceded by a public reception at 4:15 p.m. Her
presentation on the history and fashion of the sari takes place on May 3 at 12
events, which take place in Hunthausen 100, are free and open to the public.
They are sponsored by the Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities. The current chair
is History Professor Hazel Hahn.
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