ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Where Love Meets Money

ANTIQUES; The Dowry, Where Love Meets Money

If, as Jane Austen’s novels reveal, life is mostly about love and cash, then your dowry is when the 2 intersect.

Dowries — the house that the bride’s family offers her spouse upon the wedding — will be the topic of the new event at the Mingei Global Museum of Folk Art in north park. Emphasizing dowries in Eastern Europe, the show provides a romantic view of domestic life in your community through the 1850’s to World War II, with a few anthropology that is fascinating in.

The show, which operates through May, includes a range that is full of hand-woven textiles that young girls labored over for a long time for his or her trousseaus; they do not phone it a hope upper body for absolutely nothing. Included are 30 items of painted furniture, that has been often section of a dowry; photographs of these furniture is visible in  »Painted Furniture » by Nancy Schiffer (Schiffer Publishing), out this season.

The textiles come from the number of Helene Baine Cincebeaux and her mom, Helen Zemek Baine, whom traveled to remote villages in Slovakia, Moravia and Bohemia within the 1960’s and 70’s in search of wedding crowns, bed hangings, shawls and christening gowns.

 »Women would invite us house and start their cupboards to us, » Mrs. Cincebeaux stated.  »Everything will be here, perhaps the gown they wished to be hidden in. Each town had its traditions. They were ceremonial textiles. There were birthing cloths that could be hung with garlic to defend against spirits that are evil christening cloths that signified, ‘we are depriving them of a pagan and bringing back once again a Christian.’  »