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  • Japanese, Man’s Travel Cape (Bozukappa), early 1900s. Museum Collection. Gift of Miss Teiko Sasaki and Adriana Gramly, Children of the Sun, 2017

    Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

    Japanese, Man’s Travel Cape (Bozukappa), early 1900s. Museum Collection. Gift of Miss Teiko Sasaki and Adriana Gramly, Children of the Sun, 2017

  • Japanese, Nō Theater Costume (Atsuita), 1800-1850. Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich and Bilan DeDonato, Serpents and Bells, 2017

    Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

    Japanese, Nō Theater Costume (Atsuita), 1800-1850. Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich and Bilan DeDonato, Serpents and Bells, 2017

  • Japanese, Robe worn by a Zen Buddhist Mendicant Monk (Koromo or Jikitotsu), ca. 1920-1930s. Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund and Claire Harvey, Spatial Woven Studies, 2017

    Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

    Japanese, Robe worn by a Zen Buddhist Mendicant Monk (Koromo or Jikitotsu), ca. 1920-1930s. Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund and Claire Harvey, Spatial Woven Studies, 2017

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Costume and Textiles

    August 11, 2017 – January 14, 2018

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  • Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection

    Designing Traditions highlights new work by RISD students studying Asian textiles and clothing in the Museum’s collections. Innovative handmade, woven, and knit textile designs by this newest generation of designers offer testimony to the creativity sparked by even the smallest details of traditional craftsmanship, and speak to a long tradition of the creative use of the RISD Museum’s collections.

    Some of the first gifts to the RISD Museum were Asian textiles. These objects, prized from the outset as a design resource for students, were first made accessible in 1907 in a textile study room created by Mrs. Eliza Radeke (president of RISD, 1913–1918; president of the Board of Trustees, 1918–1931). Originating with Mrs. Radeke’s gifts and expanded by Lucy Truman Aldrich’s gifts of more than 700 objects, the Asian costume and textile collection has grown steadily, today providing a wealth of material for teaching and exhibition purposes.

    RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.

  • Designing Traditions highlights textile designs produced by RISD students in response to Asian textiles and clothing from the Museum’s collection. This project springs from a desire to highlight the vision and contributions of collectors involved in the Museum’s early development, and to bring their donations into the sight of RISD students today.

    Some of the first gifts to the RISD Museum were Asian textiles. These objects, regarded from the outset as a design resource for RISD students, were first made accessible in 1907 in a textile study room created by Mrs. Eliza Radeke (president of RISD, 1913–1918; president of the Board of Trustees, 1918–1931). Stimulated by gifts from Mrs. Radeke, and by Lucy Truman Aldrich’s 1935 gift and 1955 bequest totaling more than 700 objects, the Asian costume and textile collection has grown steadily, and currently provides a wealth of material for exhibition and teaching purposes.

    Innovative textile designs by the newest generation of RISD designers offer testimony to the creativity sparked by even the smallest details of traditional craftsmanship, and speak to a long tradition of fruitful exchanges between the Museum and the School.

    These label texts were written by the student artists.


Selected objects from Designing Traditions Biennial V: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection