Shifting patterns: Pacific barkcloth clothing

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Admission: Free 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 06/12/2015
Free Entry
 
Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1730
Tuesday: 0900 - 1730
Wednesday: 1000 - 1730
Thursday: 0900 - 1730
Friday: 1000 - 2030
Saturday: 0900 - 1730
Sunday: 1000 - 1730
Closed January 1, December 24-26.
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This exhibition is dedicated to textiles from the Pacific made from barkcloth. Barkcloth was used to wrap, drap and adorn human body using several different designs and styles.

In the islands of the Pacific, cloth made from the inner bark of trees is a distinctive art tradition. Probably brought to the region at least 5,000 years ago by some of the first human settlers, its designs reflect the histories of each island group and the creativity of the makers.

The exhibition shows a selection of 77 garments, headdresses, masks and body adornments belonging to the British Museum. Dating from the 1700s to 2014, the pieces on display include those worn as everyday items and ceremonial costumes linked to key life cycle events such as initiation and marriage.

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