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“Ivanovo – the ‘Russian Manchester’, and the Story of Printed Textiles in Russia”, a talk by Pamela Smith – Thursday, 24 June at 19:00 (BST)

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Before the 1917 Revolution Russia had a thriving textile industry, exporting vast quantities of printed cotton throughout the Russian empire and beyond. In the city of Ivanovo alone nearly 30,000 textile workers were employed. Distinctive red prints became an important element of folk dress, and in the 1920s and ’30s designs promoted the philosophy of the new Soviet state. This talk explores the colourful and sometimes dramatic history of the industry, including its links with Britain.

WHEN : Thursday, 24 June 2021, 19:00 (BST)

WHERE : Zoom

LANGUAGE : English

FEE : Voluntary donation*

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About the speaker

Pamela Smith is a textile and dress historian. She trained as an embroiderer before spending six months in Moscow in 1987, where she was able to develop her life-long interest in Russian art and culture. Her MA dissertation concentrated on Russian Arts & Crafts embroideries of the late 19th – early 20th centuries, while her current research concerns British workers in the Russian cotton textile industry before 1917.

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