Crochet, Fashion & Embroidery at PMA

Yesterday, we spent the day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and I came back home inspired and energized.   The daydreams exhibition by Marcel Wanders and the Bermise Kantha exhibit were high on the list of must sees, as well as the Inspiring Fashion exhibit of some well known designers.

I was unable to take a picture of the crochet chair and topiery in the daydreams exhibit, but there is a link for you to view Marcel Wanders: Daydreams that will give you an idea of the astounding chair.  If you are in the area, it’s a must see.

Get your fashion fix for the day by visiting Inspiring Fashion: Gifts from Designers Honoring Tom Marotta.  Teeny tiny modelkins with teeny tiny waists, but still we drool over the gowns because, for most of us, this is as close as we will ever get to Haute couture.  Fashionistas, Tim Gunn would be proud of you for trekking to the museum in your Jimmy Choos, but you may want to opt for more comfortable shoes.

Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections  and Embroidered Quilt image.

They also have very manly man exhibts like Horse and Man Armors which I found to be an amazing and extensive collection.  There’s fabric and mesh included with the armor and is a reminder of the origins of textile and the influence and importance of needlework and  fabric in history. This is an ongoing exhibit.

There’s a lot to see at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and I hope you will put it on your list of museums to visit.  Take a visit to your local museum and reconnect with the past.  You may be surprised at what you discover.  There could be something knitty that you overlooked.   A blast from the past could inspire you.

Marg (taking one step back to the past, and two steps toward the future)

The Art of Kantha EmbroideryThe Art of Kantha Embroidery

Handbook of the Philadelphia Museum of ArtHandbook of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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