Kamla Sultan Alolama
Ornament in Meiji Japan (1868-1912): Making | Motif | Object
The first chapter on ’Making’ explores ornament making in Meiji Japan, with a focus on embroidery in Kyoto, the old capital. It explores the materiality of embroidery by analysing the process, technology, and materials involved, as well as well as attempt to map out the various actors that played a part in the embroidery network of the time.
The second chapter on ’Motif’ examines the different factors that played a hand in the choices of motifs being used and disseminated. ‘Motif’ uses the kanoko shibori to study the transmateriality of motif. Statistical analysis was also conducted in this chapter on sketches produced by the Bureau of Design for export objects.
The third chapter, ’Object’ focuses on art textiles combining the knowledge gained by the first chapter about the the materiality and technology of embroidery, as well as from motif, in the second chapter. The chapter also uses luxury, value, and cultural exchange as frameworks for gaining a better understanding of ornament objects.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA History of Design, 2018
Designer & Design Historian, interested in motifs, making, and interactive design.
- Bachelor of Interior Design, American University of Sharjah, 2011
- Designer and Founder, Kamla's Designs, Dubai, 2013–2016; Intern, Artec, Dubai, 2010