06 Feb

Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures at MOA

Despite the crazy snowfall on the weekend, Boris and I made the long trip across town to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. We went to see Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures, which is an exhibition of textiles taken from the museum’s permanent collection. The focus is on textiles from a cross section of cultures to explore “clothing’s inherent evidence of human ingenuity, creativity and skill, drawing from MOA’s textile collection — the largest collection in Western Canada — to display a global range of materials, production techniques and adornments across different cultures and time frames”.

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

It’s a beautiful show full of inspiring pieces of work. I love this idea that people wear clothing as an external expression of their spiritual belief system, social status and political identity in many cultures, but feels less evident in our own. The show motivated me to continue embellishing my own clothes, to personalize them, and make them an expression of who I am. I mostly dress for comfort these days, and not so much for style. I wonder when that changed…

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

Layers of Influence: unfolding cloth across cultures at MOA

Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures continues until April 9, 2017. Read more about the exhibition here.

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