Textiles, Costumes & Pile Trappings of the Eastern Grasslands of Tibet
Zoom Webinar, organized by the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, US
The Museum Associates of Southern California is organizing on Sat, 10th of April 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM CEST a Zoom Webinar on Festival and Ritual textiles, costumes and trappings of Eastern Tibet.
East of the official Tibet Autonomous Region, Kham and Amdo are remote, isolated and culturally Tibetan provinces in China. Their landscapes consist of snowy peaks and rolling grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau, where nomadic peoples have maintained grazing cultures with sheep and yaks for centuries. Just as at American county fairs and rodeos, Tibetan nomads love to come together for spectacular annual festivals and wild competitions of horsemanship. Tibetan Buddhist culture, which is often mixed with the local animistic shaman practices, also presents opportunities for seasonal celebrations. Cheri Hunter traversed the grasslands in 2006, photographing life in these areas and the colorful festivals and Buddhist rituals, several of which have since disappeared. Her article and photo spread was originally published in HALI magazine (Issue 154.) This photo talk will emphasize both the local and imported textiles, costumes and pile horse trappings in use throughout the Kham and Amdo grasslands, as well as in shaman rituals and horse competitions, where all of the participants, including the horses, are dressed in their finest.
A founding member of TMA/SC and Program Chairman since 1992, two-time past President and current 2020-21 President, Cheri Hunter has organized more than 260 speaker programs for TMA/SC, as well as innumerable multi-city ACOR Overseas Speaker tours. She is a graduate of UCLA in Art and Cinema, and was a career film editor in Hollywood for nearly thirty years. She has been an avid still photographer since her teens, and since then has focused mostly on adventure travel photography while enjoying rug and textile “culture” and textile-oriented world travel to 47 countries. Cheri has written many articles with photo-spreads for HALI magazine, including on her travels in Morocco, Myanmar, Tibet, Syria, Thailand, Turkey and most recently, Iran, and has spoken to multiple rug & textile societies and other special interest groups. Please note that this program is a cultural travelogue rather than a scholarly program, with an emphasis on the textiles, costumes and horse trappings worn in festivals.
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