PhD MDes MA(RCA) BA(hons)
Dr Keireine Canavan is currently Head of Textiles and Principal Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University UK, and Research Fellow to Al Sadu Weaving Society, Kuwait ME. She is a founder member and Project Director of DIGIT Textile Research group and a member of the International Super-research Group, WIRAD.
As educator and world specialist in traditional tribal weaving techniques, Canavan has published her research ‘Dayak to Digital: Traditional Ikat for Contemporary Patterned Knitted Textiles’ (McFarlane Award 2003) and ‘Disappearing Voices: Material Symbols of Traditional Weaving in Kuwait’ (Textile: the Journal of Cloth and Culture – Berg 2012). She speaks regularly at conference and public speaking events; recently at Dar al-Athar al-Islamyyiah Cultural Centre in Kuwait, UWIC Summer Lecture Season Cardiff, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and exhibits her practice work, nationally and internationally. Her passion for researching endangered and declining ancient textile techniques has taken her to Europe, the Far East, Kuwait and the Gulf region.
Since 2004, the focus of the on-going research is on Al Sadu gata or the decorative curtain that divides the men’s quarter’s from the women’s in the traditional Bedouin tent Beit al-Shaar, and in particular the semiotics of the woven patterned panel or shajarah.