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The Project

Welcome to Visualizing Textile Circulation in the Dutch Global Market, 1602-1795. This project, coming soon, is a Visual Glossary of historic textiles, a resource uniting three different data types (textual, visual, material) and providing users with open access to data, images, and dynamic visualizations, which will be accessible to students and scholars of the histories of art, textiles, and the early modern Dutch East and West India Companies.

This project is supported in part by a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant via the Journal of Netherlandish Art History (jhna.org) and the Kress Foundation.

We were honored to be included in Deepthi Murali's webinar series, Material Histories of the Indian Ocean World, and you can learn more about our project from our recorded presentation here.

This website

Under the tab "Visual Glossary (Beta)" is a very basic mock-up of our future Visual Glossary, which will compile data for each historic textile, or textile type, found in Dutch East and West India Company documents. The point of entry for each textile term will be two paired images: a historic image (painting, watercolor, print) that shows the textile in use, typically worn as a garment, and an existing photographic sample of the same (or similar) textile from a museum collection or archival swatch book. To enable the viewer to compare these two types of visual data, we will use an International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) compatible side-by-side image viewer. These images will provide access to an expository essay, data, and interactive visualization tools.

Under the tabs "Browse Items" and "Browse Collections" you will find a series of visual and material example of textiles as well as static data visualization samples.

We are Carrie Anderson of Middlebury College and Marsely Kehoe of Hope College, art historians and scholars of the Dutch West and East India Companies.