Today was another day when I had an appointment in London and just a short time to pop into an exhibition I had only recently heard about. Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams
is a free exhibition at the Brunei Gallery
at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS), part of the London University and just off Russell Square, London WC1.
It is a collection of some beautiful embroideries and weavings that are representative of lands along the ancient Silk Road. The guest curator, Marian Bukhari apparently owns many of the pieces but there are also works from other collections. I do not know if they have ever been displayed before but most can be looked at closely allowing the variety of stitching and weaving techniques to be examined.
Some like this piece above, were displayed in such a way it was possible to see both sides of a piece of embroidery.
This particular pair of costumes were traditional Afghanistani pieces.
As well as textiles there are also some pieces of jewellery, books and art works. In addition there are a series of public lecturers (again all free) and the exhibition continues until 25 March 2017. The exhibition covers two floors.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm (late nights on Thursdays until 8pm) but closed Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays. It can be found in Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.
I only spent a short time visiting today but I will definitely go back with my notebook and camera, and spend much longer.