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Published: 24 April 2021

By Andy Ross

Music and textiles - an enduring link

In the 18th Century music and textiles were noted as natural bedfellows by students of Carl Linnaeus.

The Father of Modern Taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus, is known for his revolutionary work that renamed and reclassified the natural world. It was, however, through the work of his students, who travelled Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific between 1746 and 1799 and who wrote about the cultural traditions of these areas, that we have records of celebrations that feature both textiles and music. In this fascinating essay from ikfoundation.org you can read about some of these travels and what the researchers of the 18th Century found. It seems that there is nothing new under the sun, after all.