Yesterday I went on a personal field trip. The Fowler Museum at UCLA recently opened an exhibition of of folk costumes: Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers curated by Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Barbara Belle Sloan.
Yawn? No way. It's a magnificent exhibit.
Set against a silhouette of dark, distant mountains are dresses, shirts, vests, skirts, aprons and caps made from the simplest cottons. Nearly all are blanketed with dense hand embroidery in deeply saturated colors. Satin stitch, cross-stitch, chenille, needlepoint, weaving...
If you are in the Los Angeles area, do not miss this show. Many thanks to the Fowler Museum for extending a personal invitation to me!
Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: A History in Layers at the Fowler Museum at UCLA until July 14, 2013
Zhena Folk Chorus - Free Concert - 3pm Sunday, May 12, 2013
Bulgarian Singing Workshop at Machine Project - 3-5pm Saturday, March 30th, 2013
I listened to Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares all the way there.