The Textile Museum Journal: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Asian Textiles in Portuguese Collections

Detail of an Oriental carpet
Vine-scroll design carpet (detail), Iran, 17th century. Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga 10Tp.


In this interview, The Textile Museum Journal guest editor Mary Dusenbury and contributing authors Raquel Santos, Jessica Hallett, Blythe McCarthy, Maria João Ferreira and Ana Claro will discuss the issues surrounding textiles made or found in Portugal and dating from the early modern period.

They will focus on their  interdisciplinary research on textiles found in Portuguese collections, published in the articles “Chinese Textiles for the Portuguese Market: Rethinking Their History Through Dye Analysis” and “Color Power: Contributions of Science and Technology to the Study of 16th- and 17th-century 'Vine-Scroll' Carpets.”

About The Textile Museum Journal

Our peer-reviewed journal is the leading publication for the exchange of textile scholarship in North America. Published each fall, it features research on the cultural, technical, historical and aesthetic significance of textiles from all around the world. Learn more about the journal


Raquel Santos, researcher, Center for the Humanities, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Jessica Hallett, curator for the Early Modern Middle East, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Blythe McCarthy, Andrew W. Mellon senior scientist, National Museum of Asian Art, Washington, D.C.

Ana Claro, researcher, Center for the Humanities, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Maria João Ferreira, curator, Museu de São Roque, Lisbon

Mary M. Dusenbury, affiliate research curator, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas (moderator)

How to Participate

You can register for this program online. After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining our program online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

About the Series

In this series, authors who contributed to volume 47 of The Textile Museum Journal discuss the importance of color studies for understanding the historical and cultural context of textiles. Browse all interviews