Workshop | 16 Mar | RCMC

Design beyond the West: Interwoven Futures

What is the role of weaving in human culture, and how can woven objects held in ethnographic collections yield unexpected inspiration for contemporary designers? 

Weaving is one of the oldest techniques, and is used all over the world. Weaving or platting are not gender specific, the material resources are huge and the outcomes endless: from boots to buildings, from baskets to armour and from fishing nets to chairs. The objects have very diverse characteristics: they can be hard or soft, their forms straight or organic, their decoration simple or very complex and their structures open or closed. All of these applications come together in our museum collection. This offers a grand range of possibilities and opportunities. Although a technique may be seen as traditional, it holds potential for futuristic innovations. The workshop is tied to a broader research agenda around global design, in which we try to imagine and write a design history beyond the West. Scholars, curators and designers are invited to think with the curators at the NMVW to generate a new agenda for design.
Confirmed speakers:
• Dr. Helen Anderson (British Museum)
• BuroBélen (Brecht Duijf & Lenneke Langenhuijsen)
• Dr. Ali Clark (Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
• Diallo Design (Cheick Diallo, Mali/France)
• Clara Guasch (Material & Innovation Leader for Textiles at IKEA of Sweden)
• Dr. Wouter Halfwerk (Vrije Universiteit)
• Dr. Annette Schmidt (Curator Africa, NMVW)
• Dr. Wonu Veys (Curator Oceania, NMVW)

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About the event

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:15 to 17:00
Steenstraat 1, Leiden, the Netherlands


Liza Swaving
Programming Research Center for Material Culture
Annette Schmidt
Curator Africa
Wonu Veys
Curator Oceania

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