MOUNTAIN THREADS IS HOME TO AN INTERNATIONALLY SIGNIFICANT TEXTILE COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 1300 OBJECTS FROM OVER 100 DISTINCT ETHNIC MINORITY GROUPS / SUB-GROUPS FROM THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINOUS PROVINCES OF VIETNAM
THE COLLECTION CONTAINS
CLOTHING: complete outfits, jackets, skirts, trousers, shoes, belts, aprons, headdresses
ACCESSORIES: jewellery, ornaments, bags
HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES: blankets, quilts, cushions, curtains, mosquito nets
CHILDHOOD TEXTILES: baby carriers and blankets, children's hats and clothing
TOOLS: batik applicators, calendaring tools, spindles, loom shuttles, spools, needle cases
MATERIALS: fabrics, raw fibres, dye samples, threads, beads, buttons, embellishments
The collection is accompanied by thousands of photographs of the people and communities that the textiles are from as well as information about how the textiles are made, meanings of motifs and the stories behind each object’s acquisition.
Lucy has sourced everything in the collection herself over multiple trips, travelling by motorbike into remote villages and markets to meet with people and learn about their textile traditions. The majority of the items have been acquired directly from the makers of the textiles or from their descendants. The collection covers the past 100 years with a few older items.
Lucy is working towards digitising the entire collection and making it available as an online resource.
Contact her to discuss exhibition possibilities.