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Five panel e-gasuri (picture ikat) futon-ji (bedding cover) depicting a battleship. Early 20th c. cotton. Krauss Collection atThe Fowler Museum,U.C.L.A. (Photo: Bill Landesz)

Five panel e-gasuri (picture ikat) futon-ji (bedding cover) depicting a battleship. Early 20th c. cotton. Krauss Collection atThe Fowler Museum,U.C.L.A. (Photo: Bill Landesz)

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Japanese Textile Scholar Ann Marie Moeller Comes to Florida Tech Dec. 4

11/05/2012

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology will host Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie Moeller as part of the Friends of Textiles Lecture Series Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Denius Student Center’s Hartley Room on campus. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 5:15 p.m.

Moeller will lecture about images representing the Japanese victory in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) woven in e-gasuri.E-gasuri is an ancient, labor- intensive, “ ikat resist” technique; in this, threads are dyed before being put on the loom in a way that produces a picture when woven.This traditional hand-dying and hand-weaving technique was used to create prized trousseau pieces for brides who would use the cloths to decorate their beds.

The use of an ancient technique to create imagery of modernization and industrialization is a seeming contradiction that Moeller will explore in her lecture; similarly, she will explore the conflicting messages inherent in the production of war imagery for the marriage bed.

Moeller is an independent curator and Japanese textile scholar who has collected kimono since her student days at Harvard.She has lectured for a wide variety of institutions including The Smithsonian Associates, The Asia Society, The Textile Museum, The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery and the Embassy of Japan. She has curated exhibitions for The Kennedy Center, The International Monetary Fund, The National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Embassy of Japan.

This event is held in conjunction with the center’s current exhibit, Battle Worn: Masculine Ideals and Military Identity in Modern Japanese Textiles, currently on view at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts through Dec. 15.

The cost for the lecture is $10 for the general public; it is free to Friends of Textiles members and full-time students with ID. For more information, visit http://textiles.fit.edu or contact the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at (321) 674-8313.

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