The first part of the exhibition traced the path of Indigo 'blue dyed' textiles from the Hapsburg Empire, to Hungarian village life, and Europe and into Southern Africa where I grew up.
The first thing I saw was these books of material samples. They transported me straight back to my childhood. My nannies wore these prints. I also I spent many happy hours playing with similar sample books as my uncle had a farm shop and sold them.
This apron was bought in the Transkei in the 1970s.
A photo of a selection of fabrics in a store in Colesberg in the Northern Cape that was taken last year.
Here are the rollers with the patterns etched onto them. The fabric is printed using them to resist dye it.
Designers in Southern Africa today, use the material in styles that make the garments very contemporary.
This photograph is the only one of the rest of this room that was useable. These are old Hungarian linen clothes which were woven and embroidered by the women as part of their trousseaus. They were truly beautiful.
After leaving this exhibition room the second part of the exhibition showcases how artists have used 'blue' as the inspiration for their pieces. The guild has a website if you would like more information about the exhibition so I will leave you to enjoy the following.
The following pieces are all woven.
This artist recycles broken pottery into these.
I loved the modern expression of these plates based on the Willow Pattern. Don't miss the plane and the wind turbine in the second photo.
This one made me smile. The cow is free standing on the meadow decoration on the plate.
These cups and saucers are made of paper.
In the exhibition room is a table with paper plates and different artist's media for visitors to create their own piece for the exhibition.
These were two of my favourites. I agree whole-heartedly with the second sentiment.
A small taste of a wonderful experience which I am able to share here.