Treasures of the Tentmakers: Discovering Egyptian Khayamiya

Hi folks,

I will give a free public lecture for the Centre of Arab and Islamic Studies in the Australian National University on Friday 18 October at 2pm.  This will review highlights of my research so far, focusing on major developments in the history of Khayamiya. You are most welcome to attend, and please share this PDF flyer far and wide.

ANU CAIS Treasures of the Tentmakers Bowker 18 Oct 2013

On other news, the research and lecturing tour of the UK and Ireland was a great success. Plenty of new material was gathered for upcoming articles, and plans are in progress for the extended international tour of the exhibition “Khayamiya: Khedival to Contemporary”. Thank you very much to James and Claire Birch and Amy Claridge of Doddington Hall, Venetia Porter, Helen Wolfe and Cynthia McGowan of the British Museum, Catherine Wynne of the University of Hull, Ann Murray and Alan Drumm of the University of Cork, Jim Piscatori of the University of Durham, and Craig Barclay of the Oriental Museum in Durham, and Joan and John Fisher, for all your generous help.

Studying Khedival Khayamiya from the British Museum's collection in Blythe House, London. Cynthia McGowan, Joan Fisher and Helen Wolfe pictured, photograph by Sam Bowker on Tuesday 10 September 2013.

Studying Khedival Khayamiya from the British Museum’s collection in Blythe House, London. Cynthia McGowan, Joan Fisher and Helen Wolfe pictured, photograph by Sam Bowker on Tuesday 10 September 2013.

Finally, if you would like to see new images of the first installation of this exhibition in Wagga Wagga, including intimate close-up photographs of these spectacular hand-made textiles, Aaron James Neal has generously uploaded a portfolio of his superb photographs to this link:  http://wagganow.com.au/gallery-khayamiya-khedival-to-contemporary/