Indian Contemporary Textiles

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Handwoven Mushru cloth, Ahmedabad, India 2019. Photo courtesy of Liz Williamson.

Indian Contemporary Textiles

Artisan Handmade Textiles with Liz Williamson

The Textiles Study Group cordially invites you to join us at our first meeting of the year.


India has made exquisite textiles for centuries as shown recently in the Chargka and Khargha exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. This presentation looks at contemporary textiles, handmade by skilled artisans who are expert in creating contemporary textiles using various tradition textile techniques and discusses some of the issues facing artisans in terms of sustaining and safeguarding their traditions in the contemporary market place.


Liz Williamson is a weaver, academic and textiles artist based on Gadigal and Wangal lands of the Eora nation in the Inner West of Sydney. She has been weaving since the late 1970s and is still fascinated with the potential of interlacing two sets of threads at her loom. Her practice is diverse: designing for industry, exhibition artwork, weaving of wraps and scarves, teaching workshops nationally and internationally and more recently, engaging with artisan groups in India with commissions and her Cultural Textiles weaving and textiles tours. At the heart of her practice is an interest in innovative,experiential and unusual designs created at the loom, often in collaboration with other artists. Liz is an Honorary Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, UNSW, Sydney.

HOW TO BOOK: Please email Chris Manning at by Friday March 3.


1. By Direct Debit (“your name WILLIAMSON” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card or Paypal on this website – see booking button on top right of this page



3 March, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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