International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 7-10, 2009)

Session 73: Dress and Textiles I: Threads and Fibers

  • Evidence for Roundels in Viking Age Embroidery from Bjerringhøj, Mammen Parish, Denmark
    Raven Alexandra Fagelson, Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
  • Fur, Feathers, Skin, Fiber, Wood: Representational Techniques in the Bayeux Tapestry
    Gale R. Owen-Crocker, University of Manchester (UK)
  • Flax and Linen in Medieval Novgorod
    Heidi M. Sherman, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (USA)
  • Distaff, Whorl, and Wheel: Medieval Views of Spinning
    Janilee Plummer, Ball State University, Muncie, IN (USA)

Session 130: Dress and Textiles II: Inside and Outside the Church

  • Mary's Pregnancy as Birth Amulet: Evidence from Early Byzantine Textiles
    Andrea K. Olsen, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (USA)
  • Anglo-Saxon Textile Workshops, Religious and Secular: The Textual Evidence
    Maren Clegg Hyer, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA (USA)
  • The Early Fifteenth-Century O'Dea Miter and Crosier, and Other Treasures of Irish Artistry from Saint Mary's Cathedral, Limerick
    Elizabeth Wincott Heckett, University College, Cork (Ireland)

Session 560: Dress and Textiles III: Heroes, Ladies, and Fools

  • Invisibility Cloaks and Magic Belts: Garments and Fashion Accessories in the Dietrich Cycle
    Chiara Benati, Università degli Studi di Genova (ITALY)
  • Pulling the Wool over Our Eyes: How the Heroine's Clothing (Un)Makes the Man in Jean Renart's Roman de la rose
    Kathryn Talarico, College of Staten Island and Graduate Center, CUNY (USA)
  • Getting Dressed in Chretien de Troyes's Perceval
    Paula Mae Carns, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (USA)

Session 595: Dress and Textiles IV: Long Ago and Far Away

  • Merovingian Fashion: Asking the Buried about What They Wore
    Sarah-Grace Heller, Ohio State University, Columbus (USA)
  • Wefts and Worms: Silk Weaving and Sericulture in the West before 1200 CE
    Rebecca Woodward Wendelken, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC (USA)
  • Imagined Fashion: Three Fifteenth-Century French Artists and Their Travel-Book Pictures
    John Block Friedman, Kent State University, Salem, OH (USA)

In addition to the above sessions, DISTAFF presented a "Medieval Dress/Textile Arts Display and Demonstration" on May 7.