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Current Exhibits at the Bowers Museum

Thanks to Nadine Kirk for this guest post!

I went to see the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana on Saturday, and it is well worth a visit. Aside from the two mummies (which are amazing) there are some lovely textiles, including silk brocade and woven wool robes. There are also artifacts such as combs, boxes, statues, even some mummified food (part of a spring roll, a wonton & a couple of flower-shaped pastries).

At the entrance to this exhibit is another one (Masters of Adornment; the Miao People of China), which included absolutely gorgeous garments, some heavily embroidered, some batik, including a pleated skirt that took 50 yards of fabric, and silver adornments (breastplates, necklaces, headdresses, earrings, etc.). We probably spent 20 minutes just looking at these.

The next room has a new quilt exhibit of very old American quilts (Quilts: Two Centuries of American Tradition and Technique); not very many pieces but the ones that are there are beautiful, including a couple of crazy quilts (one partially assembled) and a Bethlehem star made out of fancy fabrics. Also a lovely whole cloth quilt.

The Silk Road exhibit is there through July 25th.

– Nadine