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Fabrics from around the world

Exhibition 'Retalls d’ahir i d’avui' (Cuttings from yesterday and today). Photo by Quico / CDMT.

Exhibition "Retalls d’ahir i d’avui" (Cuttings from yesterday and today). Photo by Quico / CDMT.

Each fragment of fabric is a document indicating its cultural environment. The raw materials used and the technique with which it has been made enable us to infer the tools and knowledge of its contemporaries, while the decorative composition tells us about its geographical location and its symbolic world.

Many of these pieces have been passed down to us through different hands and much of the information on their context has been lost.  In spite of the above, apart from their undeniable aesthetic appeal, these objects represent an 'encyclopaedic' compendium of the general features of pre-industrial textile creation in different parts of the world.

  • Exhibits of textiles from China, India, the Maghreb, the Near East, Peru and Mexico.
  • A pair of Chinese manikins designed for the Universal Exhibition.
  • Book by Japanese artist Onna Kasen 19th century.


<p>Onna Kasen<br /> An artist&rsquo;s book with texts by the best Japanese poetesses from the 7th to 14th centuries.<br /> Japan, 19th century.&nbsp;<br /> Photo Quico/CDMT</p>
Onna Kasen. Artist’s book. Jap...
Onna Kasen. Artist’s book. Japan, 19th century
<p>Parella de maniquins xinesos. Canton, S.XIX. Foto Quico/CDMT</p>
Pair of Chinese manikins
Pair of Chinese manikins
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