Kent State University Museum Announces Reopening and Newest Exhibition 'Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe'

As of Feb. 2, the Kent State University Museum has reopened to the public and is excited to announce its newest exhibition, “Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe.” This is the first new exhibition to open in 2021. “Stitched” will be on display from February 2021 through December 2021, and it features 75 pieces exclusive to the museum’s permanent collection. 

This exhibition showcases common features shared by regional costume across Western and Eastern Europe, including examples from Norway, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Romania and Albania. Regional dress signaled the village or region from which a person came, and while it was designed to mark social and cultural differences, such as religious affiliation, gender, age and marital status, “Stitched” draws attention to the shared commonalities of the exhibition pieces rather than their differences.  

“Regional dress has been a subject that I have researched extensively for the past decade, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to bring together these remarkable pieces into a single exhibition,” said Sara Hume, museum and “Stitched” curator. “The pieces are stunning, and I hope for the entire exhibition to be a visual feast.”

Ensemble from Southern Moravia in Slovakia
The remarkable textiles and decoration of both men’s and women’s wear are featured throughout the exhibition, showcasing yarn and metalwork embroidery, knitting, lace and brocading techniques. On display are ensembles and individual pieces, including skirts, aprons, blouses, stockings and bonnets. “Stitched” is bold, bright and visually stunning. The development of elaborate regional dress marked the integration of these communities into broader European society, and the Kent State University Museum’s exhibition traces the diversity and creativity used in regional dress throughout Europe. 

About the Kent State University Museum

The Kent State University Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of East Main Street and South Lincoln Street in Kent, Ohio. It features more than 30,000 pieces in its collection, amassed from many generous donors. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. All tickets must be purchased in advance through the museum’s online ticketing service. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when inside the building. 

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children aged 5-17. The museum is free for children under 5 and for those with a Kent State ID. Sunday admission is free for all ages. Parking is free for all museum attendees. Patrons should use the allotted museum spaces in the Rockwell Hall parking lot. For more information, please call 330-672-3450 or visit www.kent.edu/museum.

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Media Contact:
Anna Mates, College of the Arts, amates@kent.edu

POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 9:23am
UPDATED: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:45pm
WRITTEN BY:
Anna Mates