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‘Stitched’ explores fashion similarities

Staff report

Kent State University Museum reopened this month with the exhibition “Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe.”

“Stitched,” featuring 75 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection, showcases common features shared by regional costume across Western and Eastern Europe, including examples from Norway, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Romania and Albania.

While regional dress often was designed to mark social and cultural differences, “Stitched” draws attention to the shared commonalities instead.

According to curator Sara Hume, “Regional dress has been a subject that I have researched extensively for the past decade, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to bring together these remarkable pieces into a single exhibition. The pieces are stunning, and I hope for the entire exhibition to be a visual feast.”

The textiles and decoration of both men’s and women’s wear are featured throughout the exhibition, showcasing yarn and metalwork embroidery, knitting, lace and brocading techniques. On display are ensembles and individual pieces, including skirts, aprons, blouses, stockings and bonnets.

“Stitched” will be on display through December at the museum, 515 Hilltop Drive, Kent. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children aged 5 to 17. The museum is free for children 4 and younger and those with a Kent State ID. Sunday admission is free for all ages. All tickets must be purchased in advance through the museum’s online ticketing service. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when inside the building.

For more information, call 330-672-3450 or go to www.kent.edu/museum.

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