Colours of Nations: the 3rd Biennale of Natural Dyes

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Natural dyes in contemporary textiles, from a paper by Kathrin von Rechenberg

Colours of Nations: the 3rd Biennale of Natural Dyes

Presented by Liz Williamson to the Textile Study Group

In November 2023, the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou, China held the 3rd Biennale of Natural Dyes (BoND) with the theme of ‘Colours of Nations’. Liz Williamson was one of the international practitioners invited to present work in the exhibition and a paper in the symposium.

This presentation to the Textile Study Group will give an overview of the remarkable collections at the China National Silk Museum and the Biennale events ‘Sources of Colours‘ exhibition showing naturally dyed historical Chinese silk fragments and the ‘Colours of Nations’ symposium featuring contemporary textiles. The International Symposium included presentations on dye analysis of clothes from Topkapi Palace, reconstruction felts in the Shosoin Repository, dyeing and weaving techniques of ethnic groups in northwest China plus presentations on the natural dye colours of specific nations and those used by individual practitioners.

Liz Williamson
Liz Williamson is a weaver, academic and textile artist based on Gadigal and Wangal lands of the Eora nation in Sydney. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, while her research has been documented in papers, published in journals, and presented at conferences. Liz is an Honorary Associate Professor, School of Art & Design, UNSW Sydney.


Colours of safflower from a paper by Cui Yan


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12 March
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
$20.00 – $30.00
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