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Young Brides, Old Treasures
Macedonian Embroidered Dress

In the Cotsen Gallery, Neutrogena Wing
October 1, 2011 through January 6, 2013

Until the mid-twentieth century, Macedonian women wove, embroidered, and wore magnificent ensembles of dress that indicated to a knowing eye what village and region they came from and where they were in the cycle of life. From puberty through betrothal, marriage, child bearing, and old age, dress changed to reflect status change. Historic ensembles, no longer made but preserved in the museum, also illustrate the tumultuous political history of the region; pan-Slavic, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences can be seen in embroidered motifs, materials, garments, and jewelry. The outstanding collection the Museum has dates primarily from 1890 to 1920 with some later pieces from the 1950s. The exhibit features 27 mannequins in multi-layered ensembles as well as individual garments and pieces of jewelry belonging to Museum of International Folk Art; the Collection was complemented by a large donation from the Macedonian Arts Council» so today it is the largest and most comprehensive museum collection of its kind in the United States. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog of the same name, and closes January 6, 2013. (Photo: Detail, Wedding dress. Miyak, Smilevo, Demir Hisar municipality, c. 1900. Wool, cotton, silk, metallic thread, metal, glass beads, plastic. The Ronald Wixman/Steven Glaser Collection. Photography by Addison Doty.)


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PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Opening Reception
Saturday October 1, 2011 2-4PM
Music by Avenue East, performing traditional vocal and instrumental music from the Republic of Macedonia on the tambura (lute) gajda (bagpipe), harmonika (accordion), dumbek (hour-glass hand drum) dajre (tambourine and tapan (drum). Admission during the opening is Free!

Sunday March 18, 2012
2PM

Enjoy an afternoon of music from Macedonia with Polly Tapia Ferber's band, Balkan Handsprings. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents with I.D. free on Sundays.

Sunday June 3, 2012
2PM

Macedonian music with Goddess of Arno. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents Free on Sundays; youth 16 & under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members always FREE! Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
International Folk Arts Week»
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Breakfast with the Curator
Tour Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress with Curator of Textiles & Costume, Bobbie Sumberg, Ph.D. $20 for foundation members, $25 for nonmembers, nonrefundable. Call 476-1224 for reservations.



Sunday November 18 2012
1-4PM
Lace making demonstration with the Enchanted Lace Makers.
2PM Slaveya performs a cappella in the exhibition Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress.
3PM Goddess of Arno performs in the auditorium. All by Museum admission, New Mexico residents with I.D. Free on Sundays, youth 16 & under and Museum of new Mexico Foundation members always free!



Sunday January 6, 2013
Closing Program for Young Brides, Old Treasures

1:30 pm Join Exhibition Curator Dr. Bobbie Sumberg for a talk about Aprons in the Young Brides exhibition. 2 pm Joyce Cheney talks about aprons, their use and how they were made and decorated in the auditorium, 3:00 the public is invited to bring aprons and participate in an open discussion about them in auditorium. Final day to see the exhibition Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress. By Museum Admission.



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