Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dressed For A Pow Wow

While walking through the Musical Instrument Museum I was especially interested in the textile exhibits that represent an intricate part of musical expression.
As quilters, I guess it shouldn't be too surprising that we notice fabric designs almost immediately as we enter a room.
Every culture has their own unique way to dress as they perform.
In the United States/ Canada section my eye was drawn to the bright happy fabrics of a North American Native Indian dressed for a Pow Wow.
The artistry of construction and design are spectacular.
The Native People are well known for their detailed bead work.
So beautiful!
And impressive machine applique.
Even the shirting fabric has been embroidered.
Button Blanket
Nearby was this beautiful appliqued wool coat.
Some cultures venture out a little more dramatically in dress when they perform musically. Tomorrow I will share a pretty wild outfit from Mongolia.

5 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that must be a really large museum - wonderful items in it.

fiberchick said...

You always find the most interesting things to do! Have always thought that a Native Beadwork inspired quilt would be amazing...

Jackie said...

Where is this Museum in AZ? I think I need to check it out!

Ann Michelle said...

Until now I never made the connection of button blankets (wool coat) and appliquing/quilting. :) Growing up in SE Alaska among the Tlingets and Haidas, we all made button blankets as kids. I wonder where mine is today. Thanks for this connection. :)

Notjustnat said...

Thanks Nedra, I have been enjoying your Musical Instrument Museum visit with you. I love all the decorative jackets there, thanks.
Hugs
Nat