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Introduction to Iranian/Persian Textiles
This introductory module provides a historical overview of Iranian/Persian textile arts, exploring the defining characteristics that set it apart. Learners will delve into the various cultural, political, and religious influences that have shaped the evolution of textile design and production in the region. From the ancient tapestries to contemporary fabric designs, this module lays the foundation for understanding the rich and diverse tapestry of Iranian textile arts.

  • Overview of Iranian/Persian Textile History
  • Defining Characteristics of Iranian/Persian Textiles
  • Cultural Influences on Iranian/Persian Textiles
  • Political Influences on Iranian/Persian Textiles
  • Religious Influences on Iranian/Persian Textiles

Early and Medieval Periods
The early and medieval periods mark significant epochs in the development of Persian textiles. This module explores the artistic contributions during the Achaemenid and Sassanian eras, like the early Persian carpets and luxury silks. Following the Islamic conquest, the incorporation of Islamic motifs and geometric patterns played a pivotal role in transforming Persian textile arts. The development of tapestry and embroidery during the early Islamic period and the evolution of carpet weaving during the medieval Seljuq period are also crucial focal points of this module.

The Golden Age of Persian Textiles
The golden age brought forth the emergence of intricate carpet weaving and iconic textile artworks. This module delves into the advanced techniques of dyeing, weaving, and the diverse materials like wool, silk, and cotton used in textile production. The era also saw the rise of key textile artists whose contributions significantly impacted Persian textile arts. The artistic and technical advancements of this period set a high standard and laid a strong foundation for future generations of textile artists.

Later Dynasties and Evolving Styles
This module explores the evolving styles of Persian textiles through the lens of different dynasties. The Safavid era marked the integration of calligraphy and textile arts, while the Qajar era brought European influences and the popularization of the Boteh pattern. The Pahlavi era led towards modernization and the emergence of textile industries. This period of transformation also reflects the wider socio-political changes and the interaction between Persian and European artistic traditions.

Modern and Contemporary Iranian Textiles
The modern era ushered in a new wave of textile artists, themes, and techniques. This module delves into the genesis of the modern textile movement in Iran, profiling key modern and contemporary Iranian textile artists. It explores the themes, techniques, and global recognition modern Iranian textiles have garnered. The modern era’s narrative also reflects the struggle and expression of identity through textile arts amidst the changing political and social landscape of Iran.

Contextual Understanding and Analysis
This module fosters a deeper understanding and analysis of the socio-political themes embedded within Iranian/Persian textiles. Gender representation, comparative studies with other regional textile forms, and the impact of historical events on textile narratives are explored. Through a contextual lens, learners will decipher the symbolic and narrative elements of Persian textiles, enriching their comprehension of the intertwined history and artistry.

Practical Engagement and Analysis
Practical engagement bridges theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience. This module offers workshops on traditional and modern textile techniques, critique, and analysis sessions. Field visits to museums and textile galleries provide a tangible connection to the historical and contemporary narrative of Persian textiles. Through interpretation and discussion sessions, learners will engage in a reflective and analytical exploration of Persian textiles.

Contemporary Discourse and Future Directions
Exploring the current trends, emerging textile artists, and new movements in Iranian/Persian textiles, this module delves into the contemporary discourse surrounding this ancient art form. The global influence and reception, alongside contemporary debates on Iranian/Persian textiles, are discussed, providing a platform for envisioning the future of Iranian/Persian textiles. This module encourages a forward-thinking discussion, bridging past traditions with future possibilities in the textile arts realm.

Capstone Projects
The Capstone Projects are designed to provide a practical and in-depth exploration of Iranian/Persian textiles. Through research projects, practical textile projects, exhibition reviews, comparative studies, and community engagement, learners will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the multifaceted world of Persian textile arts. These projects aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Persian textiles while honing the learners' analytical and practical skills.

Additional Projects
Additional projects extend the learning experience beyond the structured modules. Through group discussions, virtual gallery projects, art critique portfolios, interactive workshops, and artist interview projects, learners will delve deeper into the modern and contemporary narratives of Iranian/Persian textiles. These projects encourage a holistic and engaging exploration of Persian textile arts, fostering a community of learners passionate about the continuous evolution of this ancient art form.

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