The Veil Decoded

Tue, Nov 6, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia

Veils have been used for hundreds of years for many different reasons and by many different cultures. Veils have been worn by both men and women and while many view them as a concealing item, they can actually be quite revealing. Veils are able to hide the wearer as well as make them stand out. On a macro level, the style of veil worn can identify from which region of the world the wearer hales and/or the tribe or ethnic group with which he or she identifies. On a micro level, the veil can also reveal the wealth, social status and cultural/religious beliefs of the wearer. Please join us for a “show and tell” of veils from around the world and discussion of how to “decode” the veils to better understand the people who created and wore them.

Isabella de la Houssaye has worked and travelled extensively all over the world for the past 30 years, first as an international project finance lawyer and investment banker and currently as the owner of Material Culture, a Philadelphia-based importer, retailer and auctioneer of art, antiques and traditional crafts from around the world. She has a passion for cultural studies and has curated a number of exhibits related to traditional cultures in Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Central and South America. Isabella has a BA from Princeton University ‘86, a JD from Columbia Law School ‘90 and is a Trustee of Princeton in Asia and Give Back Yoga, and an Advisor to the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Princeton Arts Council and Students on Ice. She is married to David Crane PU ‘81 and they have five children.

Lunch will be served.

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