Adding Pattern, Adding Value

October 1, 2022-January 15, 2023

Image courtesy of the Norm Eggert.

Across time and across continents, people of different cultures have transformed woven textiles, whether created by hand or machine, by adding pattern in various ways—from dyeing yarns multiple colors, weaving complex patterns (jacquard), or using fabric as the ground to which pattern could be added through embroidery or resist techniques (tie-dye or batik). Such transformations take time, effort, and resources, adding value that is both aesthetic and economic. Drawing on the resources of the Fitchburg Art Museum’s collections of global textiles, this exhibition will explore various techniques used in Africa, Indonesia, China, and South America.

Qing (Ching) Dynasty artist(s), China An Imperial Embroidered Blue-Ground Dragon Robe, Jifu 19th century, Silk, gold thread

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Kuna Artist, Panama (San Blas) Reverse applique panel (mola) – flying dragon motif cotton mid to late 20th century Gift of Dwight and Anna Heath

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To celebrate the opening of Adding Pattern, Adding Value and Fitchburg First Thursdays, we invited Abou Sylia of Crocodile River Music to perform African Balafon.


Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm
1st Thursday of the month 12pm – 7pm



Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Phone 978.345.4207


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