The exhibition will present the decorative art of the peoples of the Amur river basin; an art which embodies meaning and reveals the specific ontological construction of these peoples in their relationship with the visible and invisible world. The peoples presented – Nivkh, Nanai, the Ainu, Orotch and Hezhe (a Chinese minority) – founded their ways of life prior to the mid-20th century on the river Amur, which was their source of life and prosperity.
This exhibition presents a collection of 230 sculptures linked to the Sepik Valley, a large swampland in the north of Papua New Guinea. The exhibition gradually unveils a major figure common to all cultures of the 'lower' and 'middle' Sepik: the founding ancestor(s). The exhibition illustrates the multiple forms and variations in which these ancestral figures appear, from their public forms to their 'secret' forms.
This exhibition, organized by the George Washington University and The Textile Museum, presents a stunning selection of Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson’s photographs, displayed alongside contemporaneous pieces from The Textile Museum’s collection of Qing Dynasty textiles and accessories.
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Inspired by traditions of magnificent handmade textiles for everyday use, the South Asian Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection Trust presents this insight into the remarkable work that goes into textiles and emphasises the vital part they play in domestic life and commercial enterprise in South Asia.
This installation, which explores the cultural importance of silk in China, showcases the most important and unusual textiles from the Museum's collection. In addition to three rare pieces dating from the Tang dynasty (618–906), the exhibition also includes eleventh- and twelfth-century tapestries from Central Asia and contemporaneous Chinese examples of this technique; spectacular embroideries; theatrical garments; court costumes; and early examples of badges worn at court to designate rank.
The Textile Museum of Oaxaca presents an exhibit featuring a selection of ritual textiles from their collection, linking the fabric of Oaxaca and Mexico with the textile traditions of other regions of the world, showing the parallels and contrasts in their materials, techniques, and designs.
The evolution of Mexican fashion reflects the history of Mexico, where the textile arts reach back over many centuries. Vibrant expressions of creativity, the pieces in this exhibition combine remarkable technical skill with exquisite artistry. Over 150 stunning historic and contemporary pieces are on display at the Royal Ontario Museum, including complete costume ensembles, sarapes, rebozos, textiles, embroidery, beadwork and more.