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Far-Flung Fabrics

 A globetrotting textile collection comes to the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. 

In Haiti, silk flags made by Vodou priests and their followers were carried during ceremonies and displayed in Vodou sanctuaries.

 

Don’t miss A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. On view through April 15 are articles that Smith, director emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, amassed during his travels. Among them are brightly colored hand-embroidered phulkaris from Punjab; flags embellished with sequins, fringe and beads that are used during Vodou ceremonies in Haiti; vibrant appliqued panels, or molas, from Panama’s San Blas Islands; and cloths composed of woven raffia palm leaves, made by the Kuba people of Zaire.

“This show will take the viewer on a trip around the world without the expensive plane fare,” says curator of exhibitions Amy DiPlacido. “These beautiful cloth pieces give us insight into how other cultures live, think and create.”

 

Originally published in the April issue of Silicon Valley

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