DEPARTMENT
Enriching Culture

DRESSED WITH DISTINCTION

The Fowler Museum at UCLA shows the beauty and crafting of Ottoman Syrian clothing, revealing the influences of trade on materials and fashion of a more peaceful time in this war-torn country.

 
Syria’s long history and geographical position has served to enrich its textiles, lending an edge of refinement that can take one’s breath away. As the hub for multiple trading routes, Aleppo and Damascus received a bounty of raw materials and foreign influences.
 

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DEPARTMENT
Birthing Modernist Jewelry

FOCUS:
WIENER WERKSTÄTTE JEWELRY

This exhibition at the Neue Galerie speaks to the beginnings of Modernist jewelry, when the boundary between art and craft disappeared.

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DEPARTMENT
Reaffirming Life

JEWELRY:
THE BODY TRANSFORMED

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s comprehensive jewelry show of their own holdings receives incisive commentary and critique.


DEPARTMENT
Talismans & Temptation

UNEASY BEAUTY

We review an exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum whereby the jewelry creates tension, instead of alleviating it.

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DEPARTMENT
Adorned by Nature

KUNA JEWELRY

The Kuna/Cuna Indians of the San Blas Islands use a diverse selection of animal and plant materials in their jewelry, as well as metal and glass components.


 

DEPARTMENT
Ritual Adornment

EGYPTIAN ZAR JEWELRY

The Zar ceremony and the jewelry associated with an Egyptian curing ritual are discussed, with a wide assortment of amulets and how they are sometimes defaced as a consequence of the ceremonies.

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