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For millennia\, nomads have wandered across the steppes and oases of Eurasia in search of pasture for their herds and traveled along th e famed trading route\, the “Silk Road\,” which stretched from China to the Mediterranean. Bold Abstractions: Textiles from Central Asia &\; Ira n presents mementos of this nomadic culture in a dazzling display of mi d-nineteenth to mid-twentieth-century traditional garments\, personal adorn ment\, and domestic accessories. A feast for the eyes\, this exhibition inc ludes brilliantly-hued Uzbek ikat-dyed robes and exquisitely embroidered Tu rkmen mantles. Boldly conceived Kyrgyz felted tent trappings contrasted in texture and technique with smaller-scale Persian masterpieces in the form o f woven pile carpets that once faced animal pack bags. Silver-gilt\, niello ed\, and gem-inlaid ornaments in their original context were beautiful sign ifiers of gender\, age\, and clan identity. Throughout the exhibition visit ors can delight in bold designs in the form of highly stylized animal\, veg etal\, and cosmological symbols. With origins in some ancient\, unwritten c ompendium\, these motifs allude to abundance and well-being\, basic desires of all peoples past and present.

This exhibition originated at the Mingei International Museum and was curated at both the Mingei and C AFAM by Rochelle Kessler.

DTEND:20100509 DTSTAMP:20141221T063455 DTSTART:20100124 GEO:34.062177;-118.3555702 LOCATION:Craft and Folk Art Museum\,5814 Wilshire Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 90036 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bold Abstractions: Textiles from Central Asia & Iran UID:81924 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20100123T210000 DTSTAMP:20141221T063455 DTSTART:20100123T180000 GEO:34.062177;-118.3555702 LOCATION:Craft and Folk Art Museum\,5814 Wilshire Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 90036 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bold Abstractions: Textiles from Central Asia & Iran UID:81925 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR