Creative Design: Graduate

Textile Embodiments of Persian Negotiations-Women’s Craft Work as Authentic Transnational Feminist Work

Author
  • Zahra Falsafi (Iowa State University)

Abstract

Persian culture has a longstanding textile tradition with documented evidence as early as 550 BC. This rich textile history includes intricately woven textiles in addition to the numerous types of elaborate needlework. One such needlework that has a long history in Iran, particularly the Kerman province is Pateh embroidery. The purpose of this textile design was to continue traditional needlework techniques while considering the craft as a form of authentic feminist work, embodiment, and contemporary Persian negotiations. That is, I created this fiber art textile to continue and complicate the Iranian tradition of Pateh embroidery as an Iranian woman with a transnational feminist viewpoint. Overall, creating a traditional Persian embroidery with a transnational feminist lens holds significant implications and future applications in terms of cultural preservation, gender empowerment, cross-cultural dialogue, global feminist solidarity, and inspiring new forms of art and activism. 

Keywords: Embroidery, Culture, Iran, Tradition

How to Cite:

Falsafi, Z., (2024) “Textile Embodiments of Persian Negotiations-Women’s Craft Work as Authentic Transnational Feminist Work”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17582

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Published on
27 Jan 2024
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