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.
This exhibition was made possible with generous support from the Anonymous Fund.
Uncut Attire was on view in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery from September 14-December 4, 2022