The Met Debuts Exhibit Featuring Historical Textile Design

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The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (better known as ‘The Met’) debuted a new exhibit on Monday which features 300 years of textile design from the 16th to the 19th century. The exhibit is the first of its kind to focus on textiles in terms of artistic design instead of coming at the subject from a more historical perspective.


Showcasing some beautiful museum exhibit design, the new exhibit will certainly be grounded in the historical context of the development of textile and fabric design, but it will do it through the lens of the design itself, telling the story of European conquests through the influences that they impressed upon textile art and design.


For instance, the beautiful bright and flower-laden designs of the 16th century were largely impacted by what European maritime exploration found in search of new resources and trade. In fact, textiles were themselves a desirable trade piece often being swapped directly for other goods. The exhibit design of the new exhibit, called Interwoven Globe, with a nice play on words, is truly like stepping back in time and it really brings a nice contrast to modern exhibit design techniques.


The new museum exhibit argues that textiles were perhaps the first international design as they formed a major component of worldwide trade coming from exotic locations from Europe to China, Japan, to the Middle East and beyond. The exhibit includes around 150 individual pieces which are laid out in nine different galleries and organized by either place or theme. With the beautiful museum exhibit design, one can truly travel through time, seeing historical events through the lens of textile design.


Blazer Exhibits & Events specializes in trade show exhibit design, but we also do a fair bit of museum exhibit design as well. If you are interested in these services or would like to learn more about this, please don’t hesitate to contact us. And, if you are going to be in New York in the next few weeks make sure you stop by The Met and check out the exquisite exhibit design and historical display of Interwoven Globe at The Met.

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