Exhibition: The Secret Life of Textiles – Plant Fibers

Met Museum - Secret Life of Textiles - Plant Fibres

Exhibition dates: 7 March – 31 July 2016

Fibres are the most important components of a textile. Everything related to the production of a textile – yarns, dyes, weaving and patterns – begins with and is determined by the type and quality of the fibres. At the Metropolitan, the museum’s comprehensive textile collection, the conservators’ expertise and state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation come together to make possible a detailed examination of fibre characteristics and technology through a series of three installations that are focused on plant fibres, animal fibres and synthetic fibers.

This first installation in the series will reveal the technological transformation and beauty of the most important plant fibers – linen, hemp, ramie and cotton – used by various cultures around the world in North Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, from the Dynastic period of Egypt to the present day.

For more information, visit the website of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA.

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