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From Batavia to the Gold Coast: Mapping Textile Circulation in the Dutch Global Market
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 , 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
The Dutch East and West India Companies (VOC and WIC) were for a time the preeminent early modern circulators of luxury and wholesale goods for the European market. Textiles were one of the primary goods moving through these global networks, and could include luxury Chinese silks, Dutch linens, exotic hand-painted or printed handkerchiefs, and cheap woven cottons. While few early modern textiles remain, evidence of their importance as intercultural mediators persists in archives and published sources as well as through their re-presentation in paintings and prints. This talk, presented by Marsely Kehoe (Hope College) and Carrie Anderson (Middlebury College), will introduce an ongoing digital art history project, From Batavia to the Gold Coast: Mapping Textile Circulation in the Dutch Global Market, which seeks to make connections between economic, social, and visual data through an open-access database, interactive map, and visual textile glossary.