NYU Steinhardt

History of Textiles: The Ancient World through 1700

  • Course Number: ARCS-GE 2077
  • Hours: 45
  • Units: 3
  • Description: Significant developments in the style, technology & function of textiles from Antiquity through the 17th century. The understanding & appreciation of fabrics, their historical significance, & their importance as indicators of status & wealth is examined through surviving evidence as well as representations in the other arts & literature. Emphasis is placed on the European context, while including the impact of cultural exchanges, primarily with the East & Asia. The main fabric categories covered are pattern-woven silks, tapestry, carpets, embroidery, lace, & printed/painted fabrics.
  • Old Course Number: E93.2077