Silknow: Silk in contemporary society, beyond its ornamental use, by Professor Chris Carr
  • Time: 18:00 - 19:00
  • Date: Monday 17 May 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Interval:
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public

Part of the series of conferences ‘Silknow & Spain’, devoted to the relations between the Silk Road and Spain and the contemporary uses of silk beyond its textile applications.

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The Instituto Cervantes in Manchester and Leeds, along with the Zurbarán Centre from the University of Durham and the School of Design from the University of Leeds is presenting the series of conferences ‘Silknow & Spain’, devoted to the relations between the Silk Road and Spain and the contemporary uses of silk beyond its textile applications.  

This series is part of the Silknow project, an initiative that counts with funding of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its aim is to develop a research project that will contribute to the conservation, understanding and dissemination of silk heritage in the European context between the 15th and 19th centuries, relating it to the Silk Road and Western European routes.

Silk has been used for thousands of years by man as clothing and fabric for aesthetic and functional end-uses. Over the past 50 years, there has been a growing awareness of the wider applicability and beneficial properties of silk in addition to these traditional uses. In this presentation, we explore these newer innovations and potential future growth areas in healthcare, biomaterials, cosmetics and structural materials.

Chris Carr is a Professor in Textile Technology at the University of Leeds, with a key focus on Healthcare Textiles, and he was Head of the School of Design until September 2020. He has published widely through research publications and conference presentations and is a member of several Editorial Boards for international research journals. In 2015 he was awarded the Society of Dyers and Colourists Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to Textile & Colour Education and is currently a Trustee on the Society of Dyers and Colourists.

Professor Carr’s lecture will be followed by a brief demo of the digital tools developed by the SILKNOW research project, in connection with the subject of the lecture. The presenter will be Cristina Portalés, Ramón y Cajal researcher, University of Valencia.

For further information, please contact the Instituto Cervantes