Lecture/Show and Tell: The Dark Side of the Textile Trade

Louise Shelley, director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University

Textiles have always been one of the most valued components of international trade. Both individuals and states have sought to profit from this trade in both illegal and immoral ways. The problem of counterfeit products we face today is not new; it was already an issue centuries ago, when British traders flooded the Venetian market with their products labelled "Made in Venice." When cochineal was the most valuable product out of the New World, many pirates and traders sought to acquire cochineal and break the Spanish monopoly. Shelley will reveal a largely unknown story of crime and state-sponsored criminal trade in this survey of the abuses of the textile trade for both commercial and political objectives.  

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required.