"Design Coding and Decoding in Kashmiri Carpet Weaving”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meeting

Topic: "Design Coding and Decoding in Kashmiri Carpet Weaving”

Speaker: Dr. Gagan Deep Kaur

Post-Doctoral Associate, Consciousness Studies
Programme, NIAS

Chairperson: Dr. Nithin Nagaraj
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities, NIAS

Date: 3rd February, 2016

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS

All are cordially invited

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Abstract: This talk discusses the coding and decoding of design in Kashmiri carpet weaving practice. The talk begins by discussing the nature of design process in Kashmiri carpet weaving and highlights the principle artifacts used in this practice, i.e. the graph and the talim. It then proceeds on a description of coding process: how the design is coded from manual graphs in the form of talim-scripts. The decoding process comprises of symbol and instruction decoding. While former refers to individual symbol decoding, the latter pertains to decoding of the instruction in order to transform the code into weaving and depends on the design-type embedded in the code. The five conventional design types are discussed to elucidate this part which is further composed of two components: interpretative and transformation component: the former deals with interpretation of design-types embedded in code and the latter deals with the actual weave actions triggered by the code. Through the talk, it is shown, how the talim emerges as a central artifact of the practice. The talk ends with discussing a few cognitive properties possessed by this artifact.

About the speaker: Gagan Deep Kaur is a Postdoctoral Associate in Consciousness Studies Programme. She is studying the design process involved in Kashmiri carpet weaving with special attention to investigating cognitive properties of the notational system used in this practice, that is, the talim. Towards that, she conducted a six month long fieldwork in Srinagar, Kashmir last year from May-November, 2015.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016