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Filipino costumes

4 August, 2008 (05:00) | decorative arts / textiles, southeast asia | By: xensen

filipina woman in native costume

The estimable Peacay of BibliOdyssey has posted a series of images of Filipino men and women in typical costumes. Most of the images, like this one, simply called “Old Woman,” are taken from a 1941 an 1841 book available online from the New York Public Library. While the images have a bit of the whiff of colonialism and the specimen book, they are still fascinating historical documents, not least as examples of the watercolor arts of the nineteenth-century.

Bojagi

23 January, 2008 (05:00) | 20th c, decorative arts / textiles, korea | By: xensen

bojagi, korean wrapping cloth

Bojagi are Korean wrapping cloths. They are typically square and hemmed along the edges; many have a sort of ribbon “handle” in the center. The cloths were used for wrapping presents, as well as for storying and carrying objects. They are wonderful examples of folk art, and although they date at least from the Joseon dynasty, they feel modern in their design spirit.

This example is from the Museum of Korean Embroidery in Gangnam-gu. There is another example (at this writing) in the lower right sidebar.

Korean national treasures at HMFA

13 December, 2007 (05:00) | classical, decorative arts / textiles, korea | By: xensen

korean crown with pendants The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has made a long-term agreement with the National Museum of Korea that includes the load of some Korean national treasures, such as the crown with pendants shown (5th century, National Museum of Korea, National Treasure No. 87). The HMFA has also established a larger, permanent gallery for Korean art, as part of its Korean Art and Culture Initiative; the gallery opened to the public this month.

According to the museum, “the opening of the Arts of Korea gallery marks the first step toward the goal of full representation of Asian art at the MFAH. By 2008, approximately triple the current exhibition space will be devoted to the display and interpretation of Asian art. Other Asian cultures represented in the MFAH collection are China, Japan, India, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia. Each will have new gallery space.”

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LINKS:
MFAH page
Korea Times article

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