Pinning The Past – Nepalese Shamanic Textiles


Pinning The Past with Ruth Singer

I was recently lucky enough to be near to the amazing Alain Rouveure Galleries in Gloucestershire and able to see the the Shamanic Art of Nepal special exhibition. The whole place is very special – shop, showroom and gallery for wonderful textiles and objects as well as a fantastic cafe and even gardens! The website doesn’t do it justice – this is a really special place.

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (1 of 1)

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (5 of 8)

I went particularly to see the Shamanic Arts of Nepal exhibition, which is a small space, but packed with truly amazing textiles. The main part of the exhibition is 12 shamanic dresses, worn by Nepalese shaman which are very rare and really stunning. Some of these are thought to be 100 years old, and the wear and repair on them shows their long use and importance. I’m always fascinated by textiles with a narrative and these pieces are overflowing with stories as well as having a purely-aesthetic faded beauty.

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (1 of 8)

 

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (7 of 8)

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (6 of 8)

Alain Rouveure Nepalese Shamanic (Ruth Singer) (2 of 8)

 

The exhibition continues to 12th July and is well worth a special trip. There is nothing on the website about the exhibition unfortunately but there is a leaflet available for a donation to Alain’s own Nepalese earthquake relief fund in the gallery.

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Ruth Singer
Ruth Singer creates detailed and intriguing textile artworks inspired by historical textiles, museum objects, personal heritage, memory and stories. She uses natural and recycled textiles combined with hand stitching as well as fabric manipulation techniques to create detailed surface texture. She also writes books on textiles and sewing and teaches in her own studio as well as freelance.
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