Photo: A. Shiva, 2002



How to recover suppressed or marginalized voices in the woven creations of women?

Do these weaving tell alternative histories (alternative to those histories presented by men of power and pen, alternative to 'statist' and unilinear accounts of history)?

How these woven histories question the absolute authority of the written documents?

These weavings are creative cultural texts by those who produced them.

They are, none-the-less, embedded in systems of production, exchange, and distribution.

Times, places and cultures apart, they are re-appropriated as objects of value, desire, and exotica.

How to view the Qashqai woven arts in their cultural and social contexts? --cultures and societies of their creators as well as of those people apart in place and/or time that re-appropriate these objects.


photo: A. Shiva, 2002