Textiles of Southeast Asia

Short course

+44 (0)20 7942 2000
  • Wednesday 29 January 2020 – Wednesday 11 March 2020

  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £259.00 - £299.00

Discover how traditional identities are reflected in textiles produced by Southeast Asian communities. Looking at a range of techniques and patterns, this course will uncover the effects of migration, trade and religious expansion. You will understand the history of patterns and iconography used by both mainland and island communities.

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Portrait of Course Leader  Dr Lesley Pullen

Course Leader
Dr Lesley Pullen

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS University of London; art historian with focus on South and Southeast Asia; tutor and lecturer on SOAS postgraduate and V&A year courses; independent researcher and lecturer; Asian textiles collector and curator; author.

The V&A Short Courses have excellent breadth and depth, and provided me with the inspiration for much wider reading, looking and learning on my part. Previous Course Student

Course overview

This course is designed to enable students to engage with textiles from across Southeast Asia, to be able to identify techniques such as batik, different methods of ikat, Indian trade cloths and the diverse range of woven patterns from across this region.
Rites of passage and religious ceremonies require specific types of textiles, from the Buddhist regions within Myanmar, Thailand and former Indochina, to the maritime regions of The Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia. Patterns taken from Indian patola cloth appear echoed in many of the fabrics from mainland Thailand to the Indonesian archipelago.
The lectures and discussions are intended to equip students with the ability to identify specific textiles by region with country.


Course tickets will be available for priority booking for V&A Members from 9.30am Monday 6 May 2019. General booking will open on 9.30am Monday 13 May 2019, subject to availability.

• This course has a Half Term break on 19 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Textiles of Southeast Asia

29 January 2020 - 11 March 2020

£259.00 - £299.00

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