ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Wherein Love Meets Money

ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Wherein Love Meets Money

If, as Jane Austen’s novels reveal, 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 spouse upon the wedding — will be the topic of the exhibition that is new the Mingei Overseas Museum of Folk Art in hillcrest. Centering on dowries in Eastern Europe, the show offers a romantic view of domestic life in your community through the 1850’s to World War II, with a few anthropology that is fascinating in.

The show, which runs through May, includes a range that is full of hand-woven textiles that young girls labored over for a long time with their trousseaus; they don’t really phone it a hope upper body for absolutely absolutely nothing. Included are 30 items of painted furniture, that has been frequently section of a dowry; photographs of these furniture is visible in ”Painted Furniture” by Nancy Schiffer (Schiffer Publishing), out this present year.

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

”Women would invite us house and start their cupboards to us,” Mrs. Cincebeaux said. ”Everything could be here, perhaps the gown they desired to be hidden in. Each village had its customs. They were textiles that are ceremonial. There were birthing cloths that might be hung with garlic to defend against wicked spirits and christening cloths that signified, ‘we are removing a pagan and bringing back once again a Christian.’ ”

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