Exhibition

Woven Air: Dhakai Jamdani Textile from Bangladesh
Oct. 3 – Dec. 11, 2022

“Woven Air: Dhakai Jamdani Textile from Bangladesh,” which features world-renowned traditional Bangladeshi textile weaving techniques that were suppressed by British Colonial rule, will be on exhibition at the UC Davis Design Museum Oct. 3 through Dec. 11.

The installation showcases Jamdani textile – declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh in 2013 by UNESCO. The textiles are known for their delicate weaving technique for discontinuation feeding the denser wrap thread inlaid with the fine warp thread to create motifs throughout the fabric. This weaving technique incorporates two different thread densities, making it highly tactile. 

This indigenous textile has a deep-rooted history, unique construction, and technique that will convey an amazing learning and educational context for textile and fashion design students as well as the whole community.

Jamdani is known for the world’s finest hand-weaving technique and was first explored in the 17th and 18th Centuries to weave Dhakai Muslin textile, which used to adorn the Mughal Dynasties, the British empire, and Ancient Greeks and Romans to display aristocracy and wealth. By the early 20th Century, Dhakai Muslin had disappeared from every corner of the globe, with the only surviving examples stashed safely in valuable private collections and museums. Muslin production significantly declined because British colonial authorities attempted to suppress the local weaving culture.

The exhibition has been curated by Hafsa Akter, a graduate student in design. 

The Design Museum, part of the College of Letters and Science and free to the public, is in Cruess Hall, Room 124. It is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m.

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