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Sylvia W. Houghteling Receives Award for 'The Art of Cloth in Mughal India'

February 13, 2024

Associate Professor of History of Art Sylvia W. Houghteling has been awarded the R.L. Shep Book Award for The Art of Cloth in Mughal India.

The award is given annually by the Textile Society of America to a publication judged to be the best book in the field of global cultural heritage textile studies.

In 2023, The Art of Cloth in Mughal India received the Charles Rufus Morey Award from the College Art Association.

From the Publisher:

"Beautifully illustrated, The Art of Cloth in Mughal India offers an incomparable account of the aesthetics and techniques of cloth and cloth making and the ways that textiles shaped the social, political, religious, and aesthetic life of early modern South Asia."

Houghteling teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses that study art objects in the context of the intercultural connections and conditions of exploitation of the early modern period; theories of ornament; the history of the textile medium; tapestry; and the visual arts and material culture of South Asia. As a researcher, she specializes in early modern visual and material culture with a focus on the history of textiles, South Asian art and architecture, and the material legacies and ruptures of European colonialism.

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