After leaving Ai Weiwei's exhibit Saturday at
the Indianapolis Museum of Art, I took a bit of time
to visit some of the other galleries.
In the Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery, I found
Majestic African Textiles, an exhibit of
beaded and embroidered objects, drawn primarily
from the IMA's textile collection.
The exhibit is organized by geographic region,
representing various ethnic groups, and includes
items ranging from royal and prestige cloths,
masking and ritual garments.
The colors and patterns are wonderful and
strikingly contemporary, with masterfully
balanced shapes that would be the envy
of any modern painter.
My favorite piece is an intricately
constructed garment, an Egyptian woman's shawl
made in the early 1900s. It is almost entirely
covered in strips of German silver attached to
a backing cloth of cotton netting.
From a distance the scarf almost gives
the appearance of silver lame'.
I wa-a-a-a-nt one.