ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Wherein Love Meets Money

ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Wherein Love Meets Money

If, as Jane Austen’s novels inform us, life is all about love and cash, then your dowry is where the 2 intersect.

Dowries — the home that a bride’s household offers her husband upon the wedding — will be the topic of the exhibition that is new the Mingei Overseas Museum of Folk Art in north park. Concentrating on dowries in Eastern Europe, the show provides a romantic view of domestic life in the area through the 1850’s to World War II, with a few fascinating anthropology thrown in.

The show, which operates through May, features a full array of the hand-woven textiles that young girls labored over for decades due to their trousseaus; they do not phone it a hope chest for absolutely absolutely nothing. Included are 30 bits of painted furniture, that has been frequently section of a dowry; photographs of these furniture is seen in ”Painted Furniture” by Nancy Schiffer (Schiffer Publishing), out this current year.

The textiles come from the number of Helene Baine Cincebeaux and her mom, Helen Zemek Baine, whom traveled to remote villages in Slovakia, Moravia and Bohemia when you look at the 1960’s and 70’s in search of wedding crowns, sleep hangings, shawls and christening gowns.

”Women would invite us house and open their cupboards to us,” Mrs. Cincebeaux stated. ”Everything could be here, perhaps the gown they desired to be hidden in. Each town had its traditions. They were ceremonial textiles There were birthing cloths that could be hung with garlic to reduce the chances of wicked spirits and christening cloths that signified, ‘we are depriving them of a pagan and bringing back once again a Christian.’ ”

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