Field Trip: Threads of Time, Sunday, November 19th

Field Trip: Threads of Time, Sunday, November 19th

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Field Trips

Join us for outings to explore interesting textile and design exhibits, destinations or to meet some of the most talented and creative people in the sewing and textile industry in Atlanta and the southeast. Each field trip will be unique, but each will include an outing to an exhibit or to meet a designer and visit their studio, learn about their work and process, enjoy a great lunch and often explore something else interesting nearby. 

Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles at Michael C Carlos Museum, Emory

From the museum web site:

Fiber arts were of the highest importance among the First Nations, or indigenous peoples of the Americas. Ancient Andean as well as modern Andean, Panamanian, and Guatemalan cultures will be featured in the exhibition, including a wide range of techniques such as three-dimensional embroidery, tie-dye, brocade, and tapestry. The exhibition will explore how these beautiful and complex textiles embody the traditional values, materials, and ideas of their respective indigenous cultures, while also embracing new techniques, imagery, and types of objects as they change during colonial and modern times. 

The Andean coastal desert preserves very ancient fibers--one piece in the exhibition is nearly 2000 years old--which will allow visitors to appreciate the world’s longest continuous textile record. Values embedded in the Quechua language, spoken by the Inka and millions of their descendants, can be traced even as guitars, horses, and other Western elements enterd the artistic vocabulary. The Guna of coastal and island Panama maintain a link to age-old indigenous design in their cut-cloth blouse panels (dulemola), yet they incorporate contemporary imagery such as the Trix Rabbit. The Maya of Guatemala have always created extraordinary garments for themselves, and more recently for sculptures of Catholic saints. The large selection of Maya textiles in the exhibition includes brocaded blouses from the town of Chichicastenango as they transformed during the 20th century, as well as examples of the varying degrees of Spanish influence in wedding dress, male clothing, and altar cloths. 
The exhibition is curated by award-winning writer, Emory Professor of Art History, and Carlos Museum Faculty Curator of the Art of the Americas, Dr. Rebecca Stone. 
GSU Assistant Professor of Textiles, Jess Jones will also be joining the group.


*Although it is a group outing, transportation is not included. Everyone will need to make individual transportation arrangements. 

Sunday, November 19th


11:45AM - Meet at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

12pm - 1pm - Guided Tour of the Exhibit

1:30 - Lunch at Zoe's Kitchen

Price: $45

Price includes admission to the exhibit, lunch at Zoe's and a Topstitch surprise from the shop.