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Yumiko Kamada

March 6 - March 27, 2013

Project Title: Indian carpet and textile production from the 17th to 18th century

Project Abstract: My research at Shangri La aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the stylistic and technical characteristics of carpets and textiles produced in north India and the Deccan. It also aims to reconstruct the circumstances in which different types of textiles and carpets were woven in India. During my research on carpets to date, I have suspected that some carpets currently attributed to north India might have been woven in the Deccan. In order to differentiate one type from the other, it is necessary to accumulate the technical information. The DDFIA's collection of four Indian carpets will be a great resource for this purpose. It also seems useful to pay more attention to the motifs and patterns of portable objects, such as metalwork, to understand the design of carpets and textiles in terms of the artistic milieu in north India and in the Deccan. The DDFIA's collection of portable objects, including Bidri ware and furniture from Goa, will enable me to conduct such research.

Yumiko Kamada is an assistant professor at Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University, Japan. She was awarded a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2011. Focusing on Deccani carpets in Japanese collections and elsewhere in the world, her dissertation is the first monographic study on the production, circulation and reception of Deccani carpets. Her research interests include Islamic art in Asia. 

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Each of the four scholars selected by a juried review process in 2013 pursued research projects on the following theme: "Islamic South Asia."

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