It’s no secret that the Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) at UBC is my favourite museum that I definitely would call a must visit location for any visitor, and local. They now have a new visually spectacular and immersive exhibition on global textiles starting this month called Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures, which will be on display November 17, 2016 to April 9, 2017.
Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures
From birth to death, humans are wrapped in cloth worn for survival, but more importantly, wear clothing as an external expression of their spiritual belief system, social status and political identity. This stunning exhibition will explore clothing’s inherent evidence of human ingenuity, creativity and skill, drawing from MOA’s textile collection — the largest collection in Western Canada — to display a global range of materials, production techniques and adornments across different cultures and time frames.
Curated by Dr. Jennifer Kramer (MOA Curator, Pacific Northwest), Layers of Influence will entrance MOA visitors with large swaths of intricate textiles often worn to enhance the wearer’s prestige, power and spiritual connection, including Japanese kimonos, Indian saris, Indonesian sarongs, West African adinkra, adire and kente cloth, South Pacific barkcloth, Chinese Qing dynasty robes, Indigenous Northwest coast blankets, Maori feather cloaks and more.
A sumptuous feast for the eyes, the exhibition is an aesthetic and affective examination of humanity’s multifaceted and complex history with cloth and its ability to amplify the social, political and spiritual influence of the wearer as a functional expression of self-identity.
The MOA galleries and shop (at 6393 NW Marine Drive at UBC) are open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm and until 9:00pm on Thursdays (closed Mondays October 15 to May 15).
Win Museum of Anthropology Passes
If you would like to visit the Layers of Influence exhibit I have a pair of passes to give away for admission to the Museum of Anthropology. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Follow the Museum of Anthropology on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibit and other happenings at the museum. Prize passes valid until April 9, 2017. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
Update The winner is Melanie!