OSHR 1054 - The Anthropology of Cloth - Cultural Considerations

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

I don’t just dye fabric in an indigo blue dye-pot, I look in the dye-pot and see world history, science, fashion, medicine, ritual and your latest pair of jeans! It’s an entire world to explore and share. Textiles surround and swaddle us from birth to death, a part of the social fabric, bringing meaning to our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.

Although textiles are often relegated to academic backwaters, the social significance of textiles cannot be underestimated. To study cloth is to study society. From the most ancient fragments of cloth to the newest smart fabrics and e-textiles, we will discover the stories that cloth can tell through use, meaning and significance. Join me for a romp through material culture, including touching textiles and maybe even some hands-on fun!

Readings: Gordon, Beverly, Textiles, The Whole Story, 2011, ISBN-10: 0500515662 or
ISBN-13: 978-0500515662. Drooker, Penelope and Webster, Laurie, Beyond Cloth and Cordage, 2000, ISBN-10: 0874806623 or ISBN-13: 978-0874806625. Schevill, Margot, Berlo, Janet, and Dwyer Edward, Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes 1991. ISBN-10: 0756781183 or ISBN-13: 978-0756781187

No Class Jan. 16.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.