Please excuse the poor quality of our photographs here! Of course, no flash is allowed within the museum, where some of the displays are additionally in rooms with very diminished light.
We enjoyed a trip to the Fashion and Textile museum in Bermondsey last week, the first time we have made it there. What a great area! If you go there we can highly recommend Borough Market, where you will find no end of sumptuous, wholesome, foody treats, and a really cool convservatory area, planted with olive trees and furnished with slatted wooden seating pods, where you can go and eat them.
Made in Mexico Exhibition
The Made in Mexico exhibition focuses on the rebozo, a woven scarf with a particular significance within Mexican culture, which is often given as a special gift, or handed down through generations. Very versatile, and ubiquitous – it is worn as part of the wedding outfit, as well as being employed for many other uses including swaddling babies.
The rebozo was traditionally woven by women using back strap looms, which remains the predominent method of construction. The ends are left to create a fringe, which is hand knotted by specialist artisans – empuntadoras. However, the time consuming process of weaving rebozos is practised less often these days, and wearing of the rebozo is diminishing as a result.
Mexican Fashion Design
In a separate workshop students were busy learning how to construct clothing without using patterns, rebozo style?