Lecture: The Story of Cotton and the Indian Subcontinent

Karthika Audinet, creative director, St. Coletta of Greater Washington

Ancient India was the earliest center of cotton cultivation, manufacture, and trade. Although we find hand woven fabrics all over the world, no other region produced such fine-weave cotton as early as 3000 BCE. Join Karthika Audinet as she traces the origins of cotton from the Indus Valley Civilization to the inimitable fine muslins of Dhaka. Audinet will demystify terms such as yarn counts and ply, and share her findings on the unique properties of Indian cotton. She will take cotton production into the present day by exploring the role played by British colonialism, American cotton, Gandhi, and the last vestiges of hand spinning in India.

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free; no reservations required.