Special Issue "Silk Heritage in the Knowledge Society"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ester Alba Pagán
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Department of Art History, Faculty of Geography and History, Universitat de València, Av. Blasco Ibáñez, 28. Valencia 46010, Spain
Interests: cultural heritage; art history; museology; gender studies
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Prof. Dr. Cristina Portalés Ricart
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Institute of Robotics and Information and Communication Technologies (IRTIC), Universitat de València, Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 13, València 46010, Spain
Interests: augmented reality; images processing; data visualization; digital cultural heritage
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Prof. Dr. Jorge Sebastián Lozano
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Department of Art History, Faculty of Geography and History, Universitat de València, Av. Blasco Ibáñez, 28. Valencia 46010, Spain
Interests: cultural heritage; art history; digital humanities
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Ms. Mar Gaitán Salvatella
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Department of Art History, Faculty of Geography and History, Universitat de València, Av. Blasco Ibáñez, 28. Valencia 46010, Spain
Interests: cultural heritage; art history; museology; gender studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Silk was a major factor for progress in Europe, mostly along the Western Silk Road’s network of production and market centres. Silk trade also allowed for exchange of ideas and innovations. Punched cards were first used in Jacquard silk looms, long before modern computers were even imagined. Today, too, fashion and high-end textile industries have a huge impact in the EU, reaching €525 billion in annual turnover. Nowadays, however, silk textiles have become a seriously endangered heritage. One reason lies in its very physical nature, more fragile than other, more conventional cultural assets (painting, architecture, sculpture, etc.). Although many European specialized institutions are in operation, they usually are small or medium in size, and lack resources to develop state-of-the-art digital resources. Additionally, an intangible heritage such as the old weaving techniques is in danger of disappearing with the imminent closure of the very few companies that still make use of these ancient machines. Nonetheless, their holdings remain relevant for audiences that experience vivid, personal and social connections to this heritage, linked to so many life stories and collective narratives.

These heritage institutions have been producing large amounts of digital data: poorly tagged, variously formatted, in different languages, of random quality and usually inaccessible for the broader public. New methods and tools are required to automatically extract meaning (semantics) from these huge and heterogeneous digital databases (big data) and to establish connections among them in order to preserve this fragile cultural heritage (tangible: textiles; intangible: weaving techniques), allowing its re-use for the future generations. Additionally, new ways of access to these data are required to make them more meaningful for prospective end-users. ICT provides researchers with powerful tools in order to preserve, analyse and exploit digital information.

This Special Issue invites papers and reviews dealing with silk heritage, silk history, silk diplomatic relations, silk living heritage, silk design, silk heritage preservation strategies, data visualization, 3D fabrics, vocabularies, thesauri, metadata schemas, and ontologies, fashion and tradition within silk heritage, looms and the potential offered by the ICT in the textile heritage sector, and creative industries and innovation applied to silk heritage. Papers going beyond the state-of-the-art are encouraged. Case studies using modern analytical techniques and new methodological approaches which contribute to the domain of safeguard and textile heritage protection will be considered.

Prof. Dr. Ester Alba Pagán
Prof. Dr. Cristina Portalés Ricart
Prof. Dr. Jorge Sebastián Lozano
Ms. Mar Gaitán Salvatella
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Keywords

  • silk heritage
  • silk history
  • living heritage
  • textiles
  • fabrics
  • 3D
  • ICT
  • ontology
  • knowledge society
  • vocabularies
  • conservation
  • innovation

Published Papers

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