Lectures are in the Play House: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.


 Thursday 17 October 2019

Shimmering Splendour: Silk in Southeast Asia

By Denise Heywood

This lecture shows the origins of silk and how it became so valuable in China that it was a source of currency. It reveals its transformation from silkworm cocoons to dyed and woven fabrics in glorious colours and complex patterns. Silk conjures up images of sartorial splendour, glamorising handsome film stars, ennobling monarchs at royal courts and enhancing dancers’ ethereal beauty. Its origins were sacred, a gift from the gods to cover holy manuscripts and protect wearers with symbols.

About the speaker…

Denise Heywood is an author, lecturer, journalist, art historian and photographer who worked in Cambodia for three years. As well as lecturing for The Arts Society she is a lecturer for SOAS and has lectured worldwide on Asian art and culture.