On Monday, October 16, 2017, Dr. Rebecca Stone, Professor of Art History at the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Art of the Americas curator joined with her curatorial assistant, Liz Caris, graduate student in Art History, to lead 38 TASA members and friends through the Threads of Time exhibit at Emory University’s Carlos Museum.
Our group was awed by the breadth and depth of the indigenous American fiber arts in the collection which included a nearly 2000-year-old textile from the Andean coastal desert.
The walls in one room burst with color from the display of Guna molas, their designs ranging from the geometric to the fanciful.
We learned about the naturally brown cuyuscate cotton, the different materials—in addition to cotton–used by the indigenous people in making textiles–camelid hair, feathers, plant fibers; and we learned about the different dying, weaving and embroidery techniques used. We saw an amazing centuries-old double-weave cloth and a textile trim of brightly colored hummingbirds done in three-dimensional embroidery.
Another room contained a set of Chichicastenango huipiles from successive 20th century decades that illustrated how the colors and designs of the huipiles transformed over time.
All in all it was an amazing and colorful display of textiles.
Submitted by Gail Goodwin