During Campbell Hall building renovation, the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection partnered with Dr. Amanda Respess to present The Silk Road.
Examine the textiles that gave the Silk Road its name, and travel across the trade routes that connected the cultures of Afro-Eurasia for centuries. The Silk Road exhibit weaves together the brilliant colors and feather-light textures of silks from China, India, the Islamic world, and Europe, telling the story of silk and the history of movement across empires and time. Historic textiles, jades, and jewels from the 1400’s to the present illuminate the origins of commerce and connections in the Old World and provide design inspiration for today. Featuring luxurious gowns, religious banners, brocades, saris and the designer fashions of Oscar de la Renta and Dior.
This exhibition complements Dr. Respess’ class about the history of trade along the Silk Road and features several clothing and textile selections from the HCTC that follow the Silk Road from China through Asia to Europe and America. The exhibition is on display in the Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery in Morrill Hall on the OSU Marion campus from January 22 – March 15, 2024. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8am – 5 pm, with evening hours on Thursdays in February and March 14 till 7pm. The gallery is located at 1465 Mt Vernon Avenue in Marion.