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.

Exhibition: Chinese Textiles – Ten Centuries of Masterpieces from the Met Collection

Met Museum - Chinese Textiles from the Met

Exhibition dates: 15 August 2015 – 19 November 2016

This installation, which explores the cultural importance of silk in China, shows the most important and unusual textiles from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection. In addition to three rare pieces dating from the Tang dynasty (618–906), when China served as a cultural hub linking Korea and Japan to Central and West Asia, and, ultimately to the Mediterranean world, the exhibition also includes eleventh- and twelfth-century tapestries from Central Asia, as well as contemporaneous Chinese examples of this technique.

Spectacular embroideries – including an imperial fourteenth-century canopy decorated with phoenixes and flowers, and a monumental late seventeenth- or early eighteenth-century panel showing phoenixes in a garden – are also on view, together with theatrical garments, court costumes and early examples of badges worn at court to designate rank.

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