Speaker: Dr. Amanda Phillips, Scholar-in-Residence
When: July 7, 2012
Where: Shangri La

This talk illustrates the relationship between the consumption and production of Ottoman silks. Brocaded velvets made in the old Ottoman capital of Bursa graced the homes of wealthy subjects from Damascus to Budapest, and certain formats became potent signifiers of wealth and sophistication. Responding to demand, the weavers also made lower-quality versions affordable to those of more modest means. Instead of indicating a 'decline', these objects reflect the weavers flexibility, which is further emphasized around 1720, when they innovated with a new, seemingly luxurious version which, in fact, could be made more economically.
Dr. Amanda Phillips received her doctorate in Islamic Art and Archeology from Oxford in 2011. She is currently a Kunsthistorisches Institut/Max Planck fellow at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin where she is conducting research on how popular consumption of luxury goods shaped the material and visual culture of the early modern Ottoman Empire. She is a scholar in residence at Shangri La from June 23-July 15.

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