Sophie Desrosiers Biography – University of Copenhagen

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Sophie Desrosiers


Sophie Desrosiers studies textile traditions in the longue durée, trying to understand the past from observing present practices. Understanding these practices helps to reconstruct past forms including quality objectives of the textile artists observed from the many details that are preserved in the textiles themselves.
Desrosiers focuses on the conceptual thoughts materialized in textiles, and on the representation of textiles on other media. Her main areas of study are the Andes, Xinjiang archaeological textiles, and silk between China and Europe during the Late Antique and Medieval periods.
She teaches history and anthropology of textiles at EHESS (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Paris.