Buried Treasures: early Coptic and Peruvian textiles
Cloth was of primary importance in ancient cultures. Many striking examples survive from Coptic Egypt and early Peruvian cultures, depicting a wide range of people and animals, as well as complex geometric patterns. Expressing the status and occupation of an individual through style, fabric, and workmanship, these were also a form of wealth and were traded, given as gifts and even used to pay taxes. Placed in burials in great quantity, this day introduces both the textiles and the challenges faced by archaeologists who have uncovered the majority of surviving examples.
Day includes: two talks and two study sessions with original textiles
Light refreshments provided