Sunday, March 13, 2011

Threads of Feeling Exhibit Ends in London

What a powerful exhibit!

By John Styles

Accompanies an exhibition at the Foundling Museum, London 14 October 2010–6 March 2011

When mothers left babies at London’s Foundling Hospital in the mid-eighteenth century, the Hospital often retained a small token as a means of identification, usually a piece of fabric. These swatches of fabric now form Britain’s largest collection of everyday textiles from the eighteenth century. They include the whole range of fabrics worn by ordinary women, along with ribbons, embroidery and even some baby clothes. Beautiful and poignant, each scrap of material reflects the life of an infant child and that of its absent parent. The enthralling stories the fabrics tell about textiles, fashion, women’s skills, infant clothing and maternal emotion are the material of Threads of Feeling.  Read more here.

The above link will also give you an opportunity to order the exhibit catalogue.  Click here to read a review and responses to the exhibit. 

Karen in the Islands

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