A TRANSCULTURAL MOSAIC was a wide representation of the contrasting, yet similar, cultures of the world. The exhibition included a rich variety of objects from Japan, Mexico, Poland, China, Austria, India, Ethiopia, Africa, Great Britain, and the United States.
From the accompanying exhibition document, A TRANSCULTURAL MOSAIC: Selections from the Permanent Collection of Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art, Martha Longenecker wrote:
These are useful arts that are satisfying to the human spirit. Made by hand, they are created from common and readily available materials of our earth – clay, wood, fiber, metal, stone, bone, shell, pigment and other natural substances. Their value is not in the intrinsic worth of the material – as in the case of jewelry made of precious metals and stones – but in the unique, expressive way their creators transcend materials and techniques with honest expressions of enduring value.
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.