Round the World in Knitted Objects Online Colloquium, October 2021

15 October 2021, 2-5pm (BST) – via Zoom.

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Join us for a virtual colloquium where curators and collectors from around the world will introduce knitted objects from their collections.

As part of the ‘Fleece to Fashion’ project at the University of Glasgow, this online colloquium aims to highlight knitted items in a global context. Curators and collectors will introduce their objects in short talks, exploring themes of different knitting techniques, unique and mundane items, designs, and the cultural value of knitting.

All are welcome!


Registration for this event is only through Eventbrite. Once registered, you will receive a zoom link 2 days prior to the event.


14.00Welcome and Introduction

14.10 A Reflection on the Culture of Knitting in Botswana
(Dr Winani Thebele, Botswana National Museum)

14.40 Icelandic Lopapeysa – Origin and History
(Ásdís Jóelsdóttir, University of Iceland)

15.10 Jenny Kee: Step into Paradise [Recorded Talk]
(Glynis Jones, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia)

15.30-15.40 Break

15.40 Luxurious Underwear: A Knitted Silk Jacket from the first half of the 17th Century
(Dr Adelheid Rasche, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg)

16.10 Knitting, and Collecting, Across the Americas
(Prof Marina Moskowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

16.40 Round table question and answer session

17.00 Colloquium end

Speaker Biographies

Dr Winani Thebele, Botswana National Museum
Dr Thebele has worked for the Botswana National Museum since 1993. She currently holds the position of Chief Curator & Head of Ethnology Division. Her PhD is with Wits University, South Africa under the Anthropology Department and the title of her thesis is ‘The Migrated Museum: Restitution or A Shared Heritage?’ Affiliated to the University of Botswana under the History Department since 2017.

Dr Ásdís Jóelsdóttir, University of Iceland
Ásdís Jóelsdóttir is a lecturer in textile and design at the University of Iceland. Published works (in Icelandic): Fashion of the Centuries (2005); The History of Clothing and Fashion Design in Iceland (2009); Design History (2013); Icelandic lopi sweater – origin, history and design (2017) – the short version in English and Icelandic, lopi sweater: Origin, history and design (2018); and Sustainability in textiles: Consumption, recycling and innovation (2021).

Glynis Jones, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, Australia
Glynis Jones is a curator in fashion and dress at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Glynis has curated exhibitions, published, and lectured on numerous areas relating to dress. Major exhibitions include Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step into Paradise (2019-2020); Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced (2015-2016); Faith fashion fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia (2012- 2016); Frock Stars: Inside Australian Fashion Week (2010-2012); and the annual Student Fashion display (1993-2021). She has contributed to the following publications, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step into Paradise (2019-2020); ‘Faith Fashion Fusion: Muslim women’s style in Australia, Subcultural and alternative style in Australia’ for The Berg Encyclopedia of World dress and Fashion (2010); and Smartworks: Design and the handmade (Powerhouse Publishing 2007).

Dr Adelheid Rasche of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Since 2017 Dr. Adelheid Rasche has been the Senior Curator of Textiles, Dress and Jewellery at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany. Holding a Ph.D. in Art History, Romance Philology, French Music History and Philosophy, she studied in Salzburg, Austria and Reims, France. From 1990 to 2016 she was the Head of Department at the Sammlung Modebild – Lipperheidesche Kostümbibliothek (National Museums of Berlin), a worldwide known special collection with ca. 30.000 rare books, historical magazines, and a graphic art collection on the cultural history of dress and costume.

Prof Marina Moskowitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Prof. Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design in the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she works closely with the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. She is International Co-Investigator on the University of Glasgow’s Fleece to Fashion research project and is Co-Editor of the journal Textile History.