Asian Fine Art Textiles

[re]THINK SILK  Background – part 2

[re]THINK SILK Background – part 2

The first installment of a grant from the Rubin-Ladd Foundation in support of my research for the now dead exhibition had been received by the Royal Ontario Museum in the summer of 2019. Without a contract, I had had no way of accessing the funds. The cancellation of...

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[re]THINK SILK  Background – part 1

[re]THINK SILK Background – part 1

In the early summer of 2018 Sarah Fee, Senior Curator, Global Fashion & Textiles (Asia and Africa) telephoned me to ask if I would be interested in organizing an exhibition focused the Royal Ontario Museum’s renown Chinese textile collection. Without hesitation, the...

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Greetings for 4719 – Chinese Year of the Rat

Greetings for 4719 – Chinese Year of the Rat

"Jordie," © Alice Gur-Arie. All rights reserved www.alicegur-arie.com    Celebrating the Year of the Rat 2020 Alice Gur-Arie's quest for this year's image involved a trip to the London Zoo and the subterranean Night Life display, where  "Jordie' played hide-and-seek...

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Cloth Cultures: Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham – report

Cloth Cultures: Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham – report

Nearly 150 textile scholars, students, practitioners, artists and enthusiasts gathered in Toronto, Ontario November 9-11, 2017 for conference Cloth Cultures: Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham. On Day 1 a set of workshops focused on artifacts from the collection of the...

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Turn back your cuffs

Turn back your cuffs

Perhaps because cuffs are so ubiquitous in our culture I totally missed the point of the shaped extension on Manchu robe sleeves when I first focused on them back in the 1970s. These prominent features of Manchu and Manchu-styled garments cannot be missed. They were...

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