The title of our May talk is:
“Textiles from The National Botanic Garden’s Economic Botany Collection: Uncovering and Preserving Our Biocultural Heritage”.
By: Ariane Factor
The Economic Botany Collection is housed in the National Herbarium at Glasnevin.
It is a made up of a substantial collection of plant specimens such as bark, fruits, leaves, fibres, tubers as well as plant-derived products and artefacts. It demonstrates the technology, craft and knowledge involved in the production of plant products; how humans have utilised and managed their environments over time and how plants have influenced and shaped humanity. As humans have developed and adapted to the natural environments in which they live, nature has simultaneously influenced cultural beliefs, knowledge systems, languages and practices.