Due to the coronavirus pandemic, EGA headquarters staff will be working primarily from home. An online version of the exhibit is available on the link below. Enjoy!. An exhibition of Asian and Asian-inspired needlework at EGA Headquarters.
EGA Exhibition 2020
See the Gallery
Check out our gallery of our Asian Fusion exhibition featuring embroideries from China, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and more.
About the Exhibit
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, EGA headquarters staff will be working primarily from home. An online version of the exhibit is available here.
For centuries, Asia has fascinated Western cultures. Long before Marco Polo published his sensational bestseller, the self-promoting Il milione, Travels of Marco Polo, Imperial Romans, Mediterraneans, and Middle Easterners prized Asian textiles. Amanda Lange, curatorial department director for Historic Deerfield, has stated that as early as the second century B.C.E., the series of trails known as the Silk Road linked China, Central Asia, Persia, and Europe. To meet their clients’ taste for luxury fabrics, western merchants eagerly sought silk from China and, by the seventeenth-century, cotton from India.
Eventually, Asian embroideries enchanted as well. By the thirteenth century, Asians had learned what people in western cultures valued and supplied clients with embroideries for export. In time, non-Asians would incorporate Asian motifs and designs in their own work. In the drive to find a sea route that would prove less arduous than the overland excursion, Europeans stumbled across the Americas. Indeed, the development of the Western Hemisphere is the direct result of world trade. It follows that the descendants of emigrants to the Americas would also become enamored of Asian textiles and embroideries.
During this present era of rapid and intensified global exchange, it seems fitting for EGA to mount an exhibition of Asian and Asian-inspired needlework. Embroideries from China, Japan, India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam will be featured alongside modern and contemporary works by embroiderers who appreciate and reinterpret or reproduce Asian elements. The exhibition will feature embroideries housed in the EGA collection and loaned by private collectors. – Cheryl Christian, Needle Arts Editor