Dr. Saroja Wethasinghe, Director National Archives: Research a the national Archives
Session l: Arts of the Ancient and Medieval Period
Chair: Dr. Saroja Wethasinghe
Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda , “Decorating the Landscape Ancient Sri Lanka. The Use of Rock and Water as Forms of Art”
Ayesha Abdur-Rahman, “ Tivanka; Recent Findings, for the Decorative Arts”
Session ll: Arts of the Ancient and Medieval Period
Chair: Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda, Panel: Dr Nanda Wickremasinghe
Bindu Urugodawatta, “ Angels in Sri Lankan Buddhist Art”
Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis , “The Luxury Trade between Sri Lanka and The Netherlands, c.1700” Ashley de Voss, “ The Tradition of Ivory Carving - Special Reference to Ceylon”
Followed by a late afternoon tea reception
Day Two, Tuesday 1st December
Sponsored by the American Center Auditorium, Sponsored by the American Center.
Session lll: European - Dutch VOC Period
Opening remarks - Jeff Anderson, Director American Center
Chair and presenter: Ashley de Vos, Panel: Ismeth Raheem
Martine Gosselink, Topographical Heritage on Demand
“An Atlas of Shared Heritage, with a Special Focus on “Dutch” Sri Lanka”
Professor K.D. Paranavitana , “Forgotten Trade of Elephants as Depicted in Dutch Paintings and Maps” Ashley de Vos, “ Is there A Dutch Architecture in Ceylon?”
Closing remarks: Jeff Anderson
Lunchtime viewing of a Textile Exhibition sponsored by the American Center.
Afternoon Study Tour of Old Dutch Colombo By Ashley de Vos
Followed by a reception sponsored by Dutch Bay Resorts
Presentation: Dutch Bay Resorts by Neil D'Silva
Chairman of Swarna Dweep.
Day Three, Wednesday 2nd December
At the Fulbright Commission Auditorium
Hosted by the Fulbright Commission
Session lV: European - Transition to British Period
Introduction: by Tissa Jayatilaka
Chair: Dr. SinhaRaja Tammita-Delgoda
Dr. Steven Cohen, ”The Unusual Textile Trade between India and Sri Lanka. Further Research”
Bindu Urugodawatta , “Images of Old Sri Lankan Flags”
Chandra Thenuwara, “A Brief Overview of the Hand-weaving Industry - With an Introduction to Dumbara Weaving”
Rosemary Crill, “ Sri Lankan Textiles in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London”
Study Tour of the National Museum Textile Collection
Visit to the Sapumal Foundation
Concluding with a r eception sponsored by the Fulbright Commission
From the 3rd to the 7th two study tours were organized for the overseas participants to the Kandy region including a visits to the Dumbara valley, mat waeving and cloth weaving villeges, and to the Galle area including a visit to the Martin Wickremasinghe Museum Folk Culture in Koggala
Anyone interested in this and furture events please email Ayesha: email@example.com
On the 11th the American Center had the opening reception for the exhibition, Unravelling the Past, Contemporary Sri Lankan Textile Artists (Post-Independence to the present), curated by Jennifer Moragoda.
The workshop events concluded with closing Remarks and summary of the Workshop on the Decorative Arts of Sri Lanka b y Ayesha Abdur-Rahman.