Weaving Heritage

Though textiles may forever be tainted for some by the dread association with Cosby sweaters, the ancient craft should earn your respect in Weaving Heritage, which brings 130 of the Burke’s finest tapestries and woven goods out of the basement. Salish and Pacific Coast tribal creations will be prominent in the show, which also includes work from the Philippines, Tibet, and pre-Columbian South America. Some of the beautiful Tlingit blankets, made from goat wool, gain their yellow color from cedar bark. For thousands of years, our native Northwest craftswomen (and men) used berries, shells, and other found materials to adorn sweaters and blankets made without benefit of steel needles or tags reading “100 percent natural fabric.” Opening activities include curator tours, Filipino dancing and stories, and hands-on opportunities to work a loom and make indigo dye. Various weaving classes will also be available during the duration of the exhibit. T. BOND

Oct. 2-Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010

 
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