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21 Apr 2012 - 21 Apr 2012

Conference on Indian trade textiles in Singapore

Journey back to when India clothed the world. In the 17th and 18th centuries, millions of yards of cloth a year were produced in the subcontinent – mainly in Gujarat and on the Coromandel Coast – and traded to various regions of Asia, the Islamic lands, and Europe. Wherever they were traded, these Indian textiles created a sensation. Loved for their quality and bright, unfading colours, many became treasured heirlooms in remote and isolated islands of the Indonesian archipelago and were often passed down from generation to generation. This one-day conference is held in conjunction with the special exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore : Patterns of Trade: Indian Textiles for Export, 1400–1900. Many of these extraordinary textiles show the deep roots of today’s globalised world and the surprising and fascinating impact of cultural exchange. Featuring a distinguished panel of international academics and experts, the conference will provide deeper insight into the trade and markets, historical significance, and production of Indian textiles, as well as consumption patterns and influence on indigenous traditions.
Admission tickets can be purchased on the SISTIC website, at all SISTIC outlets, and via +65 - 6348 5555 from 12 March 2012. Tickets are also available for sale at the ACM’s front counter on weekdays, 10am to 6pm (1pm to 6pm on Mondays).
Registration fee (excludes SISTIC booking fee): 
  • Adult: $50
  • 50% discount for students and senior citizens aged 60 and above
  • 20% discount for Museum volunteers, Friends of the Museums (Singapore), ACM Friends, and NHB staff
Registration fee includes:
  • One lunch and two teas
  • Free admission to the exhibition
  • Conference pack