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International Conference "Silk in Ancient Greece and its Resonance"

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Welcome to the international symposium Silk in Ancient Greece and its Resonance organized by the Swedish Institute at Athens, Lund University, ARTEX textile research centre and Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.


The symposium will take place at the Italian School of Archaeology, Athens, Parthenonos 14, September 19-22, 2019 (Please note the change of venue!)

Kick-off Meeting of "The Fabric of My Life"

As part of its participation in the project The Fabric of My Life (FABRIC), ARTEX invites you to an open presentation and a discussion in order to exchange ideas and create new collaborations.

The event will be held on Tuesday, January 22 2019, at the Danish Institute at Athens, Herefondos 14, Plaka, Athens.

You are all welcome!

Kick-off Meeting FABRIC invitation

NEW ISSUE OF ARACHNE

Shortly before the end of the year, ARTEX is very glad to announce the publication of the fifth issue of its journal, Arachne, specialized in archaeological textiles. 

This volume has two parts hosting the proceedings of two workshops on Greek archaeological textiles. The first one is dedicated to papers presented at the PROCON workshop held at the BSA in March 2016, entitled “Weaving the Past: The archaeology of textiles and textile production in Greece in the first millennium BCE”. The second part of this volume hosts papers presented at the workshop “ARTEX: Study and promotion of archaeological textiles in Greece”, organized on 01/10/2016 by Stella Spantidaki and Lia Andreakou at the ICOM Hellenic Committee in Athens.

We would like to thank Dr. Margarita Gleba, PI of the ERC PROCON Project for her collaboration and support and for financing this volume. Last but not least, we thank our permanent collaborator Ta Pragmata Publications for publishing and promoting all issues of Arachne.

Obituary

Jean Paul Leclercq |www.artextiles.org

JEAN-PAUL LECLERCQ

Obituary

Jo Cutler |www.artextiles.org

It is with the deepest regret that we share the passing of our friend, colleague and collaborator Dr Joanne Cutler on the 24/01/2018 after a long, unfair fight with cancer. Jo was among the young archaeologists that specialised in textile archaeology and her research focused mostly on textile production in Bronze Age Greece. Besides her great contribution in Greek textile archaeology, Jo was a very warm, caring and gifted person. She will be greatly missed.

 

ARTEX in Athens Cannabis EXPO 2018

In the context of the new Cannabis Project and its collaboration with “the Kannavi”, ARTEX takes part in the first Greek Cannabis Expo that will be carried out from Friday 12/1 until Sunday 14/1 in the Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro.

ARTEX’s participation in the exhibition intends to illuminate the diachronic, mostly industrial, use of hemp and to underline its usefulness as a raw material. Hemp counts among ARTEX’s research interests, since, at the same time with its euphoric and medicinal use, it was one of the materials most used in textile and rope production from ancient times until today. It studies the references of hemp in ancient texts and inscriptions, as well as finds of archaeological textiles discovered in excavations. Research shows that hemp was used in Greece for textile production and for ropes, especially for ships, in the first millennium BC. Moreover, one extant fabric from Trachones, Alimos, dated to the 5th c. BC, has been identified as being made from hemp.

Let’s dress up our Thursdays

Textile embellishment Stella Spantidaki|www.artextiles.org
Textile production techniques Stella Spantidaki|www.artextiles.org
Dress in ancient Greece Stella Spantidaki|www.artextiles.org
Introduction to archaeological textiles Stella Spantidaki|www.artextiles.org

In the context of the first cycle of lectures at their new premises, at “Kanari4”, the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation and the Hellenic Costume Society organise a seminar on archaeological textiles, taught by Dr. Stella Spantidaki, Director of ARTEX.

 

This seminar, entitled “Greek archaeological textiles”, intends to shed light on the wealth of ancient Greek textiles, presenting information from extant fabrics, textile tools, written sources, experimental reconstructions, ethnological sources and iconography.

 

The seminar is divided in four sections:

 

NEW PUBLICATION

Book Cover, Spantidaki S. 2016 Textile Production in Classical Athens. Oxbow Books.

Spantidaki S. 2016 Textile Production in Classical Athens. Oxford, Oxbow Books, Ancient Textiles Series 27.

Older than any other ancient craft, textile technology is an instance of cognitive archaeology that provides vital information about society. In ancient Greece, textiles were considered among the principal and most fundamental cultural expressions. Athena, the goddess of the city, of intelligence and of skill was also the patron goddess of weaving. She taught the craft of textile production to women thus making them conduits of civilisation. During Classical times, textile production was a fundamental part of the economy and was practiced also by men in both the domestic and artisanal spheres. The resulting technological sophistication is reflected on depictions of discrete or elaborate patterns, on the rich diversity of textile implements and on the variety in the quality of the extant textiles.