This densely-patterned old Indian chintz, dyed with a red ground to appeal to the Dutch market, is indicative of the kinds of textiles that will be on view in The Met's upcoming show, Interwoven Globe, because it's the product of a tangle of international influences: a bit of the Japanese aesthetic interpreted by Indian master craftsmen to appeal to a European client.
According to The Met, the complex cross-cultural attributes of cloths like this make them challenging to place in only one curatorial department, so they often end up out of public view. But the fall exhibition offers a chance to really explore all of the interconnected relationships behind them. Adding to the complexity, numerous curators from various Met departments -- scholars including John Guy, Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia, and Amelia Peck, Curator of American Decorative Arts -- have collaborated to bring the show to fruition.
There will be many related public talks offered at the museum during the coming months; here are some highlights:
The International Expansion of Textiles with Flower, Bird, and Animal Designs
Friday, October 4, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Friday, October 4, 2:30–3:00 p.m.
Met Salon Series: Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800
Panel discussion with the curators
Wednesday, October 16, 6:00 p.m.
Spark: Fabric Changes Everything
Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 p.m.