at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
Folk Art Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is an annual tradition at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Since 1959, the museum staff and volunteers have decorated the tree with handmade ornaments that reflect the rich collections of our Folk art Museum. Each ornament was made specifically for the tree and inspired by a favorite object. Many of the ornaments were made by our staff and Williamsburg residents. Over the years, visitors have added their own art to the tree as well. Today the 16-foot tree features over 2000 ornaments made from cloth, wood, tin, paper and recycled materials. Hundreds of tiny white lights add to the magic of this decorated tree that sits in the skylit Penny Court below a "ceiling" of hanging gold and silver stars.
Nov. 24, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017
Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and Home
Colonial Williamsburg has not previously showcased its superlative collection of printed textiles that range in date from the late 17th century into the 19th century. With their stunning designs and bright colors, the objects in this exhibit will be a feast for the eyes. Printed fabrics were used to make fashionable clothing and to upholster home furnishings. While visually arresting, printed textiles also had economic importance as trade goods and as examples of technological advances. A variety of techniques were used to create innumerable patterns. Fabrics were resist printed, block printed, copperplate printed and roller printed. Each of these required different manufacturing skills and resulted in a wide range of designs and patterns available to the 18th-century consumer. On view will be over 75 objects including gowns, quilts, men's waistcoats, curtains and bed furnishings. The printed designs range from floral bouquets to patriotic heroes like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
Opening March 25, 2017 in the Gilliland Gallery