Sheer Delight: A Look Behind Translucent Textiles

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    Michiko Kawarabayashi (Japan, b. 1942). 'Water,' 2005. Japanese traditional mosquito netting fabric, Japanese paper string. Courtesy of the artist (L.2013-31.01)

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    Barong, man’s shirt. Philippines, Luzon, Late 19th century. Pina, (Ananas comosus), plain weave, embroidery (satin stitch, French knots). Gift of Mrs. C. M. Cooke, 1927 (725)

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    Patka (waist sash), India, 18th century. Cotton, gold and silver foil, beetle wings, plain weave, embroidery. Gift of The Christensen Fund, 2001 (10915.1)

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    Sonjie Feliciano Solomon (Philippines, b. 1970). U.S., Brooklyn, 2009. Organza with thread. Courtesy of the artist (L2013-29).

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August 15, 2013 - February 02, 2014
Honolulu Museum of Art


Exhibition Overview

Gossamer, diaphanous, translucent cloths are titillating, sensual and provocative. The prevalent use of see-through fabrics around the world is testament to an ethereal esthetic admired by many cultures. The work on view in this exhibition—from a delicate, intricately embroidered Filipino pina cloth made of Red Spanish pineapple leaves to an Indian sash adorned with glimmering beetle wings—explore the delicate interplay between fashion, ornamentation, structure and culturally defined sensibilities.