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Engaging Digital Tibet
Textiles in Tibet
Textiles in Tibet
TibetanMaterialHistory ProfessorGrayTuttle ByElizabethMedina
Function & Purpose
What were each of these textiles
used to make in Tibet?
Given the unique characteristics of each type of textile:
Do the properties of a textile make it particularly suited for use in making
a certain item?
Do practical concerns for the function of an item outweigh the traditional
craft and construction of the item?
What purpose did the items made from each particular textiles serve?
How have the function and purpose of these items changed and/or
evolved over the years, within the context of Tibetan tradition and culture?
Form & Style
Given the effect that the type of textile used has on the form and appearance of
Were certain textiles reserved for making traditional, seasonal or
Which textiles were used for:
seasonal items and c
How has the form and style of these items changed over the years?
How similar or different is the style of Tibetan clothing when compared to
inhabitants of the surrounding areas?
*This project is currently under construction, though the finished product should roughly follow this outline. The goal of this project is to unite the research from two separate object biographies under the general category of textiles . The object biographies were written on a pair of
Tibetan Silk Dancing Dress,
which are both in storage at the American Museum of Natural History. My hope is that by providing general, easily accessible information about various textiles (that continue to be used in the production of materials in Southeast Asia) to other students (especially those undergraduate students who are new to the field), that they will be more informed and more curious to research and explore other material objects. As the research continues, perhaps we can further relate the rich culture of Tibet to contemporary clothing and traditional costumes.
Classification of Materials:
An American diplomat, W.W.Rockhill, who was influential in thought and action to the Far East once said, the natural conditions have exercised a marked influence on the degree of culture of Tibet and must not be lost sight of in any study of the inhabitants.
Rockhill’s idea is vitally important in researching discussing traditional Tibetan clothing or outerwear, such as boots and dresses.
Eighth Page (Boots)
Tibetan Silk Dancing Dress
Pictures Related to Textiles in Tibet
 Notes on the Ethnology of Tibet by W.W. Rockhill P. 673
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