Exhibition | Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on September 2, 2013

As noted at Style Court, Interwoven Globe opens this month at The Met; from the press release:

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 16 September 2013 — 5 January 2014

Curated by Amelia Peck

80020941_06_lInterwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade is the first major exhibition to explore the international transmittal of design from the 16th to the early 19th century through the medium of textiles. It highlights an important design story that has never before been told from a truly global perspective. Beginning in the 16th century, the golden age of European maritime navigation in search of spice routes to the east brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade, causing a breathtaking variety of textiles in a multiplicity of designs and techniques to travel across the globe. Textiles, which often acted as currency for spices and other goods, made their way from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia, from Europe to the east, and eventually to the west to North and South America. Trade textiles blended the designs, skills, and tastes of the cultures that produced them, resulting in objects both intrinsically beautiful and historically fascinating.

The exhibition is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., The Favrot Fund, the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund, and the Quinque Foundation.

While previous studies have focused on this story from the viewpoint of trade, Interwoven Globe is the first exhibition to explore it as a history of design—and to approach it from a perspective that emphasizes the beauty and sophistication of these often overlooked objects. It will explore the interrelationship of textiles, commerce, and taste from the Age of Discovery to the 19th century. From India and its renowned, ancient mastery of painted and dyed cotton to the sumptuous silks of China and Japan, Turkey and Iran, the paths of influence are traced westward to Europe and the Americas. Shaped by an emerging worldwide visual culture, the resulting fashion for the “exotic” in textiles, as well as in other goods and art forms, gave rise to what can be recognized as the first truly global style.

Interwoven Globe will feature 134 works, about two-thirds of which are drawn from the Metropolitan Museum’s own rich, encyclopedic collection.  These objects will be augmented by important domestic and international loans in order to make worldwide visual connections.  Works from the Metropolitan will come from the following departments: American Decorative Arts, Asian Art, Islamic Art, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The Costume Institute, European Paintings, Drawings and Prints, and Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. They will include numerous flat textiles (lengths of fabric, curtains, wall hangings, bedcovers,) tapestries, costumes, church vestments, pieces of seating furniture, and paintings and drawings. (more…)

Symposium | Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on September 2, 2013

From The Met:

Symposium: Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 4 October 2013

GLOBE ExhPage2International scholars explore the impact of the burgeoning textile trade in the early modern period, focusing on specific aspects of how trade textiles influenced global economics, social history, and design aesthetics. The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800 and made possible in part by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund. Free with museum admission.


10:30  Amelia Peck — Welcome and Introduction

10:45  Louise Mackie — Ottoman Turkish Silks in Italian and Russian Trade and Diplomacy

11:15  Rudi Matthee — The Dutch East India Company and Asian Raw Silk: From Iran to Bengal via China and Japan

11:45  Jessica Hallett — Textiles, Trade, and Taste: Portugal and Asia in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

12:15  Masako Yoshida — The International Expansion of Textiles with Flower, Bird, and Animal Designs

12:45  Break for lunch

2:30  Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis — Aspects of the Luxury Trade in Indian Chintzes for the Dutch Market

3:00  John Styles — East Meets West: Everyday Fashion in Eighteenth-Century London

3:30  Colleen E. Kriger — Lost and Found in Translation: West African Textiles and Atlantic Trade

4:00  Donna Pierce — Popular and Prevalent: The Impact of Asian Textiles on Colonial Mexico

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