Author, lecturer, traveller and collector, John Gillow is returning to Te Papa to lecture on the “Kantha Quilts of Bengal”. John has one of the world’s largest collections of these outstanding quilts and has recently written the catalogue for a forthcoming major Kantha exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego in 2017.
In 1951, Te Papa was given three 18th century dresses, all dating to approximately 1780. Our work in the textile lab is currently focused on preparing two of these gowns for display in European Splendour 1500–1800, opening 9 September in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
A recent half-day tour led by Dr Hamish Campbell, provided fascinating insight into the land in which we daily live without noticing it’s hidden messages. Thirty Friends equipped in wet weather gear and stout footwear departed for the first stop, Wright’s Hill
A selection from Te Papa's events programme. …