Gallery Talk – Pelerines Forgotten Feathers
June 29 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $5, Free for Members
Feather pelerines are brightly colored, boldly patterned feather capes. Made from peacock, parrot, pheasant, and duck feathers, many New England museums have collected feather pelerines. They are also featured in exhibits and books, even though scholars cannot agree where feather pelerines came from or who made them. In this lecture Anna Rose Keefe will take us on a journey. We’ll visit India, China, South Africa, Hawaii, the Great Plains, and Europe, investigating diaries, novels, and newspapers along the way to uncover the forgotten history of these eye-catching object.
Anna Rose recently completed a Masters in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island. She specialized in historic textiles and conservation. This presentation draws on her thesis research and is designed for all audiences. Some of you may remember Anna Rose from last year’s Taste of Summer, as she assisted SCM by selling our raffle tickets with her classmate Allison Anderson. Anna Rose also assisted with the South County Sampler Initiative documentation day last fall.
Image from the Yale Collection.