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The Fringed Shawl: Opening Reception


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On April 6th, 2018 from 6-8:30 pm, we are pleased to invite you to the opening of our upcoming exhibit on embroidered fringed shawls, known as Mantón de Manila in recognition of the port these prized fashion pieces traveled through from China to the rest of the world.

The collection features some of the finest examples of embroidered fringed shawls from the 19th to early 20th century, made in China and Spain and sought after by the wealthy throughout the world.

(The exhibit is in our second floor viewing room only accessible via stairs)

The opening will be highlighted by a performance of the shawl dance: Sevillanas with Mantón at 7:00pm followed by a solo shawl dance performance.

Attendees are encourages to wear a shawl.

The exhibit will run from April 6th to October 5, 2019.

Come explore the rich world history of the shawl, from the silk shawls of Canton, China to the silk-embroidered wool shawls of Manila and Seville, and the many roles that these would come to play in the 19th and 20th centuries, from Victorian fashion accessory, to vital element of home décor, to the Flamenco dancers that would adopt the fringed shawl as an integral part of their costume. The utility of the shawl, its dramatic drape and movement, the embroidered shawl of Canton, China, captured the attention of Western societies.

We hope you can attend the opening or can plan a visit to the Museum to view this exceptional exhibit. Please contact the Lacis shop, (510) 843-7290 for more details.