Cognitive Processing

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 145–157

Cognitive dimensions of talim: evaluating weaving notation through cognitive dimensions (CDs) framework

Research Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10339-016-0788-z

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Kaur, G.D. Cogn Process (2017) 18: 145. doi:10.1007/s10339-016-0788-z


The design process in Kashmiri carpet weaving is distributed over a number of actors and artifacts and is mediated by a weaving notation called talim. The script encodes entire design in practice-specific symbols. This encoded script is decoded and interpreted via design-specific conventions by weavers to weave the design embedded in it. The cognitive properties of this notational system are described in the paper employing cognitive dimensions (CDs) framework of Green (People and computers, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1989) and Blackwell et al. (Cognitive technology: instruments of mind—CT 2001, LNAI 2117, Springer, Berlin, 2001). After introduction to the practice, the design process is described in ‘The design process’ section which includes coding and decoding of talim. In ‘Cognitive dimensions of talim’ section, after briefly discussing CDs framework, the specific cognitive dimensions possessed by talim are described in detail.


Talim Cognitive dimensions Design process Kashmiri carpet weaving Carpet designing Graph 

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© Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Consciousness Studies ProgrammeNational Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)BengaluruIndia

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