"TEXTILES FROM AL-ANDALUS"
Part of the Silsila spring 2020 Lecture Series, Maghrib: Arts of the Islamic West
Corinne Muhlemann, Universitat Bern
Title: Was it made in the City of Baghdad? Allusions of “Baghdad Silks” in al-Andalus
Abstract: A small Arabic inscription on a silk fragment produced in Al-Andalus (probably in Almeria) before 1109 attempts to delude its reader by saying that it was made in the city of Baghdad. This textile fragment known as the Baghdad silk (now preserved in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts), is woven in a new technique – the lampas weave – that reached al-Andalus at the beginning of the twelfth century. Together with another fragment at the Colegiata de San Isidoro at Leon this lecture will analyze modalities in the transferring of textile knowledge between Baghdad and al-Andalus.
Bio: Corinne Muhlemann studied Art History and Islamic studies at the University of Zurich and Bern, with a special qualification in the History of Textile Arts. During her PhD, financed by the Swiss National Research Foundation, she focused on the use of Islamic textiles in the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia during the late 13th and early 14th centuries. In her post doctorate work at the University of Bern she is concentrating on questions of how pre-Mongol marketplaces and their artisan craftsmen were organized. She studies how knowledge and information concerning (loom) technology, patterns and their notation systems were transferred between Baghdad and al-Andalus.