A fabulous exhibition is running in the Ashmolean Museum at the moment.
Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan
9 November 2012–27 January 2013
This autumn, the Ashmolean Museum presents the first exhibition devoted to the art of Meiji textiles ever to be held outside Japan. Many of us are aware of the beauty of the traditional Japanese kimono; Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan will introduce the less well known but equally spectacular ornamental textiles that were made for the Western market during Japan’s Meiji era (1868–1912). This was the famous period of ‘Japonisme’, which saw the European Impressionist painters exploring themes and styles taken from Japanese art, and Victorian rooms filled with Japanese decorative arts and crafts.
Tickets: £6/£4 concessions
Events: A programme of events including a study day, lectures, workshops and family activities are programmed throughout the exhibition
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 2PH
The Big Stitch
On Saturday 1 Dec 2012, the Ashmolean held a celebration of all things embroidered with events and activities taking place around the Museum. They are also hoping to set a new world record and make the world’s longest embroidery. We look forward to seeing if they do!