South-East Asian Silk

Shimmering Splendour: Silk in South-East Asia

Tuesday 25th May 2021


Denise Heywood is a scholar of South-East Asian art and has spent many years travelling the region.

She lectures at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Cambridge, also the British Museum and many other art institutions. This lecture shows the origins of silk, most dazzling of all creations, revealing its transformation from silkworm cocoons, dyed and woven in glorious colours and complex patterns. Denise will show images of how film stars, monarchs and dancers have worn this shimmering material.