[Mid-19th-century Moroccan cotton and silk embroidery. MFA, Boston.]
[Embroidered Moroccan towel. MFA, Boston.]
[Detail: Mid-to-late-18th-century quilted American bedcover with horizontal and vertical bands of silk. MFA, Boston.]
[Indian (Deccan), early 18th century. Cotton plain weave ground, embroidered with silk and metal-wrapped yarns, and quilted with silk yarns. MFA, Boston.]
Curators at the MFA, Boston are thinking pink. For a special exhibition set to open October 3 and continue through May 26, 2014, pink-hued pieces -- jewelry, graphic illustrations, clothes, paintings -- have been pulled from varied museum departments. Apart from offering a visual feast, the show will explore the social history of this ever-evolving color. In the meantime, I've gathered some pink (or just partly pink) textiles from the MFA's vast holdings.
[Fragment of Edo period Japanese silk with silk and gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts. MFA, Boston.]
[Late-19th-century French satin. MFA, Boston.]
[Late-18th- or early-19th-century printed English or French cotton. MFA, Boston.]
On Wednesday, October 2, the MFA will literally go pink, not just in the Think Pink galleries but outside too, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.