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Uncut Attire: How Weaving Informs Wearables

September 14, 2022 - December 4, 2022

Lynn Mecklenburg Textile GallerySeptember 14 – December 4, 2022

How has weaving influenced clothing design, particularly in cultures where handweaving is strongly embedded into communities? This exhibition, completely drawn from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, will show the creative ways various Indigenous cultures have found ways to create garments with minimal to no cutting or sewn construction. Uncut highlights the ways in which these cultures create a system of fashion, not around the changes of silhouette and hemlines but rather through the subtle differences in woven designs. This focus on handweaving, garment design and minimal cutting challenges Euro-American notions of fashion and its association with industrial growth and fast-changing trends.

Related Events:

Backstrap Weaving Workshop By Addison Nace, October 7, 2022

Holiday Hours:

November 24-27: closed

Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery Hours:
Monday-Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12–4 p.m.
By Appointment: cdmc@sohe.wisc.edu

Image Details: Huipil (blouse)
Kaqchikel Maya , Sololá, Guatemala, 1965-1975
Ikat (resist dyed), weaving, hand sewing, cotton, acrylic on cotton
27 x 40 in. (68 x 100 cm) 
Gift of Mr. John & Dr. Ruth C. Morrissey
Photo credit: Dakota Mace


Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery
Room 1235, Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Center for Design and Material Culture
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