Victoria Sluka

Graduate Student

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I am interested in the technology of pile textiles in Central Asia, specifically in how technological processes are transmitted between mobile groups and how these techniques are variably successful over time and space. My research also looks into variation and random error in pile textiles, and how these measures reflect the artisan, the materials, and the techniques employed. I am curious about how technological innovations persist or are forgotten and the abilities of human artisans.

I earned my MA from University College London, where studied variation and error in Turkmen carpets under Drs. Ulrike Sommer, Margarita Gleba, and Stephen Shennan. At UW, I study under Dr. Mark Kenoyer.