Irresistible: Multicolored Textiles from Asia is part of the campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles.
The use of resist-dye techniques is found in many Asian countries. This exhibition highlights eye-dazzling textiles from various cultural traditions, including weavings from Uzbekistan and Japan. Several of the garments in the exhibition are made with ikat—fabrics with patterns created by dyeing the threads before they are woven into cloth. While a woman’s ikat robe from Uzbekistan used many colors of dye, another from Japan employed only indigo, a deep blue colorant that contrasts with the white cotton fabric.
In addition to ikat, the Japanese created textile patterns by applying a resist paste to cloth that was then colored with dye. Resist-dye textiles often conveyed a cultural message about the persons who possessed them. The time and cost of producing them gave them standing as high status items. The selection of patterns and designs were culturally significant, and the irresistible hangings, coverings and garments in this exhibition connoted prestige within their cultural framework.
News & Stories
Our celebration of textiles this year continues now that we have launched several more exciting projects at the DAM–the Thread Studio, a brand new textile gallery, and the opening of PreVIEW. The special spaces you may have discovered during Spun are still on view and now offer a suite of regular programming. More
At Untitled #61 (Harvest) on September 27, help us harvest a crochet coral reef and crocheted flowers and critters from the Ladies Fancywork Society’s Garden of the DAM(ed), as well as live plants from the Dye Garden. More
Our Pop-up Dye Garden (part of Spun: Adventures in Textiles) has weathered the Colorado summer and is still growing and blooming on the Martin Plaza! The colorful plaza oasis will be up until September 27, so there is still time to take a peek at what has sprouted over the past few months. You may be surprised to see that many of the dye plants in the DAM’s dye garden are already growing in your backyard. More
Here at the Denver Art Museum, we do things in a big way. In the summer of 2011 we presented a wide-ranging celebration of clay during Marvelous Mud. This summer, in the same spirit, we are opening a campus-wide exhibition called Spun: Adventures in Textiles. At the center of this textile celebration is the museum’s newly opened and renovated textile art galleries on level six of the North Building. More