The Victoria and Albert Museum’s extensive archive of historic quilts is currently on display in the Quilts 1700 - 2010 exhibition, which finishes on the 4 July 2010.
Online PR News – 23-June-2010 – – The Victoria and Albert Museum’s extensive archive of historic quilts is currently on display in the Quilts 1700 - 2010 exhibition, which finishes on the 4 July 2010.
The exhibition explores the history and evolution of quilts through 65 beautifully crafted pieces, and includes national loans and contemporary quilts, with examples dating back from 1700.
The history of quilting can be traced as far back as Ancient Egypt, however it is thought that the primary use of quilts during this period was for clothing rather than as a form of blanket.
As so few fabrics survive the passage of time, historians have been forced to look at paintings, sculptures and literature to discover the culture and customs of these periods. These investigations show that quilting was probably brought into Europe through the Crusaders, in particular in the form of the aketon or gambeson, a quilted garment worn under armour which later developed into the doublet
Examples of early European quilts can be seen in the in the V & A collections. The Tristan quilt is thought to have originated in Sicily in the late 14th century. Made from white linen and cotton, the quilt’s pattern depicts the legend of Tristan and his battle against King Languis’ oppression of Cornwall, a popular tale in the Middle Ages and often seen in artistic pieces of the time. This striking quilt can be found in the V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries.
The Quilts 1700 - 2010 exhibition finishes on the 4 July 2010. Entry is free for V & A members, and ticket prices start at just £6 for non-members.
For more information, visit the Victoria and Albert Museum website at http://www.vam.ac.uk/