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15 October 2019

From Seeds to Rags: Textile Production in Dendi and Borgou (North Benin)

The project aims primarily at documenting cotton cloth production in North Benin, from cotton growing activities to thread production (ginning, […]

15 October 2019

Som: Shell Money of northern Vanuatu

In the islands of Melanesia, people have developed extremely complex value and exchange systems that seem to work like currencies. […]

15 October 2019

Paper People — making clothing from paper in Japan

This project will translate, record, articulate, preserve, and disseminate craft knowledge related to paper clothing (kamiko) made from sheets of […]

15 October 2019

Documenting the Endangered Traditional Broom and Fibre Rope Crafts of the Urhobo People of Nigeria

The traditional natural broom and fibre rope crafts of the Urhobo people of Nigeria are highly endangered by the introduction […]

15 October 2019

Documenting the Instrument and Instrument-making of Angkuoch, Cambodian Mouth Harp

This project documents and makes available for future generations the instrument and instrument-making practices of Cambodian mouth harp (or “Jew’s […]

15 October 2019

Ethnic minorities and threatened materialities in Western Ethiopia

The borderland between Sudan and Ethiopia has historically been a refuge to an extraordinary diversity of indigenous groups that still […]

15 October 2019

Wooden reed making of the ethnic Lao Khrang in Thailand

Reed, a comb-like element of a weaving loom which is responsible for separating warp and beating weft yarn, is one […]

15 October 2019

Material Culture of Batek Hunter-Gatherers in Pahang State, Malaysia

The Batek are hunter-gatherers who dwell in lowland rainforest across the states of Terengganu, Kelantan, and Pahang in Peninsular Malaysia, […]

15 October 2019

Museum, Community and Object: An ethnography of Sarawak native blades in a temporal and spatial milieu

This research aims to document technological aspects of Bidayuh, Iban and Penan native blades and, changes occurring with them. A […]

15 October 2019

Histories of Honey: Material Practices of Beekeeping in the Cherangani Hills, Kenya

This project aims to document the dwindling practice of beekeeping amongst the Sengwer communities living in the Embobut Forest, western […]

15 October 2019

Research and Digitization of Indigenous Gold Forging in Ghana

We will study, document and digitize over a period of one year, from September 1, 2019 to August 21, 2020, […]

15 October 2019

West African wild silks techniques: Preserving Marka-Dafing’s heritage of knowledge

For centuries, Indigenous wild silks have been traded across West Africa and used in Marka-Dafing’s textiles production in the Mouhoun […]

1 October 2019

Digitization of glass bead-making, use and meaning in Ile-Ife, Southwestern Nigeria

This project aims to digitize the glass bead making process in Ile-Ife, Southwest Nigeria, in order to produce a digital […]

30 September 2019

Upper Xingu Material Culture in the Past, Present and Future: Collaborative Documentation of a Multiethnic Tradition in Brazilian Amazonia

The Upper Xingu (Mato Grosso, Brazil) is an area of exceptional ecological, socio-historical and cultural diversity in Amazonia, which is […]

27 September 2019

Apprehending asapan: documenting the Turkana initiation ceremony

Asapan, the initiation ceremony of the pastoral-nomadic Turkana of northern Kenya, is a ceremony that draws together an extraordinary array […]