A The Egypt Centre EventFrom: 23 Sep 2021, 3 p.m.
Ancient Egyptian textiles appear in museums all across the world, from mummy wrappings to diaphanous flowing white robes and even colourful early medieval garments, but how much do we really know about them?
This 10 week zoom course will allow us to look closer at the methods and practices used to create pieces like those we can see in the Egypt Centre and other museum collections.
We will experiment with the possibility of dyeing linen and explore the effectiveness of plant dyes, learn how flax was harvested, how ancient looms were set up, and even make thread without spinning.
You are welcome to take part in the experiments with me as we investigate together each week, or watch and discover what we learn as the results come in. I don’t promise to give you all the answers, but rather this is an invitation for you to explore with me.
These sessions will be designed to be suitable for everyone no matter your level of experience with textiles or knowledge of ancient Egypt. Although I will be aiming these sessions at adults, children are welcome to attend if supervised.
Background on me (Dr. Carolyn Graves-Brown):
I have worked at the Egypt Centre since 1997 and know a lot more about ancient Egypt than I do about textiles. I am a hobbyist spinner who has dabbled in plant dyeing. As I am a vegan, I won’t be using insect dyes but those following our experiments at home are welcome to try insect dyes. Where wool is involved, I purchase supplies from sheep sanctuaries but you can purchase from elsewhere. If we have experienced textile experts joining our group, I hope to make use of their knowledge!
You will be given a list of where I purchase my supplies for the experiments, but you are welcome to use other suppliers.
Basic course details:
Free 10 week interactive zoom course
3–5pm every Thursday for 10 weeks
Starting Thursday 23rd September
Contact: Rex Wale (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)