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The Silk Route

  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 Johnston St Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With John Gillow

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

It was in China that Mulberry silk was first reeled and woven into fabulous brocades. Silk became one of China’s most important export goods, valuable both for trade and diplomatic interchange. Eventually the secret of rearing the silk moth got out and travelled  to Central Asia, Persia, and Byzantium. Culturally distinct silk textiles flourished in all these places and beyond. 

Join inveterate textile collector, traveller, and author John Gillow as he recounts this fascinating story. John will trace the paths over land and across the sea (collectively known as the Silk Route) whereby silk was brought to the West. He will also take us eastward, following silks to Japan and Korea.

The range and scope of John Gillow’s textile knowledge is unmatched. He is the author of numerous books on textiles, including World Textiles, Textiles of the Islamic World, Indian Textiles, and African Textiles, among others. He arrives at Maiwa freshly returned from a series of travels to Southeast Asia. John lives in Cambridge, UK. 

John will also teach three workshops.


John Gillow has recently written the catalogue for the forthcoming kantha exhibition at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego. For more than forty years John has travelled the world and collected, exhibited, and sold textiles. He is recognized internationally as a leading lecturer and author. The list of publications to his credit is longer than most running stitches.

Earlier Event: September 25
Adventures in World Textiles - Day 2
Later Event: September 26
Adventures in World Textiles - Day 3