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Echoes of Ethnic Crafts: The Use of Digital Technologies in Representing Ethnic Groups’ Textiles
Presenter Lightning Session(s)
University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, China (People's Republic)
East Asian Textiles is a digital humanities research project, presenting 84 textiles from the May Weber Ethnographic Study Collection at Loyola University Chicago. This project makes two contributions to the intersection of digital humanities and curatorial practice. First, it increases visual access to the Collection with particular attention to textile technique and design. Second, it foregrounds expert knowledge from Chinese scholars and textile practitioners, digitally documenting in-person knowledge exchange. The project consists of an interactive website. The site is programmed using HTML with Vue.js, while the database is built-in MySQL. Users can use faceted searches and browse high-resolution images of textiles in their entirety. The website also offers microscopic-views that detail textile construction techniques and 360-degree photography. The lightning presentation demonstrates how digital technologies are used to conserve and represent ethnic groups’ textiles and efforts to connect historic textiles with contemporary expert makers and scholars in Guizhou, China, during summer 2019.