This is an addendum to the regular post and has only a limited email distro.
This wasn’t all that long a day, but I had pretty much wiped out after walking around and three floors of the museum. I had headed back down to the central courtyard and was waiting on George when he gave me a call. The fourth floor was devoted to fiber/handwork exhibits so back up I went.
The spinning equipment on exhibit simple hand spindles, what looks like a skein winder with sections on the main fibers and dyes – with all the colors displayed on shuttle bobbins.
there were fabrics made off back-strap looms
ridged heddle –
and from floor looms –
then there is the surface embroidery like this piece with a closeup –
with some really amazing finished items –
Since these exhibits were focused on traditional methods, symbols, patterns, there was nothing of what you routinely see in North America/Europe etc. Wool is not an issue here, rather jute (and other plant fibers) & silk form the base fibers. You are not seeing knitting, crochet, tatting, bobbin lace etc because these aren’t traditional crafts.
I have much larger photos of most of the things. If you need them, just email.