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Mirrorwork and embroidery- Rajasthan private collection.

Sharing your Passion

Pattern and Ornamentation in Indian Textiles

Sharing your Passion: Pattern and Ornamentation in Indian Textiles

A themed workshop facilitated by Margaret White

Applique, embroidery, beadwork, mirrorwork, sequins and couching are just some of the decorative techniques employed by Indian artisans to embellish their textiles. Margaret White and the Textile Study Group Committee invite you to share a special piece from your own collection with other TAASA members on the theme of Pattern and Ornamentation in Indian Textiles. We would love to see it and explore its patterns, symbolism and imagery. To get you started, you will find below an indicative guide to assist you in describing your piece.

Margaret White returned to Australia in 2011 after residing in Singapore for almost 20 years. During that time, she was heavily involved in the rapidly evolving National Heritage Board via the volunteer group, the Friends of Museums (FOM) and continues to be engaged with the society. Her passion for Asian art and culture spurred her to complete an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore. Currently, she serves on the TAASA Committee of Management and is convenor of the Textile Study Group and the Ceramic Study Group.

PLEASE NOTE: Sharing your Passion sessions are very popular, therefore it most important that you RSVP Margaret on to confirm your attendance and willingness to share your information. This will allow for a well- structured evening where everyone who is keen, has the opportunity to show his/her piece. Of course, you are welcome to sit back and enjoy the colourful display and learn about each piece.

Guideline for presenting a Textile – Timeframe 3 to 5 minutes
What is the textile?
Where is it from? What material is it made from?at is the textile?
How old is it if known?
What is its function?
What techniques have been employed in producing said textile? This could include such aspects as weaving techniques, embroidery, appliqué, patch work, etc.
What is the cultural context of the piece? What can it tell us about the culture/ society in which it was produced?

Bookings: Email Chris Manning at, or phone Chris on 0412686025. Please make all bookings & payment in advance. No refunds.

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

2. By credit card on this website – see booking button above.

Getting There:

Driving directions

Drive north on Kent Street, turn right into Argyle Street, turn right again into Watson Road and follow it around past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

Free Parking is available on site.

Public Transport directions

Bus: Route 311 terminates at Argyle Street. Walk up Watson Road, Observatory Hill and follow the signs.

Train/Ferry: to Wynyard or Circular Quay and proceed as below.

Walking Directions

From Circular Quay
Walk to George Street in The Rocks. Turn left into Argyle Street and walk under the famous Argyle Cut to climb the stairs opposite the Garrison Church. Turn left at the top of the stairs and follow Watson Road past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

From Wynyard and the city
At No. 1 York Street walk through the expressway underpass. Follow the tunnel, keeping to the right, until you come up on Kent Street. Walk along Kent Street to the Agar Steps, or follow the approach to the Bridge, which will take you past the National Trust Centre on your left.

From Kent Street
Follow the historic Agar Steps (opposite the Observatory Hotel) up to the National Trust Centre.


11 September, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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