Clothes of Many Cultures
This interactive gallery experience explores cultures from around the world by looking at clothes. Students recognize some of the garments; others are new discoveries. Shapes, colors, and textiles are identified by hands-on encounters with various garments. Turkey, Indian, and Turkmenistan are some of the countries represented in this year’s program.
The variety of ways that textile makers plan and execute designs is explored across cultures using current exhibitions and hands-on activities. Students investigate ways that motifs, design placement, techniques, and construction reflect lifestyle, traditions, and history. This year’s program includes textiles from The Ottoman Empire, and in May 2013, Southeast Asia.
Exploring the World Through Textiles
Students discover the numerous and sometimes surprising ways that textiles are used in everyday life by exploring weavings from the Ottoman Empire, and other objects from around the world. Participants learn how the maker’s choices of fiber, structure, pattern, and color reflect the diversity of cultures.
Patterns and Symmetry
Works of art are created through arrangement of designs and colors to form pleasing patterns. In the galleries, students discover border and interlaced patterns, symmetrical and asymmetrical designs, and more. Inspired by carpets, kemhas, and yastiks, participants create patterns that are beautiful intersections of art and mathematics.