Costume & Textile Symposium 

20-21 July 2012 , 
Suter Art Gallery - Te Aratoi o Whakatu
Nelson  , Nelson Bays 

Hosted by the Costume & Textile Association of NZ in conjunction with The Suter Art Gallery, this event promises to deliver two days of entertaining speakers united by their enthusiasm for all things fabric and frocks.

This year’s theme explores the opposing forces of Town and Country. From the colours and patterns of nature through to the fashions of the high street, Town and Country have provided a backdrop to a world of textile and costume. In a country such as New Zealand, where are our lives are so responsive to these locations, our textile traditions reflect their importance.

Equally interesting are the meeting points of Town and Country – the places and moments when the contrasts between the two locations is brought into focus. The fable of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse has long been used to explore this divide: the bright city lights versus the rural idyll; luxury versus simplicity; rich versus poor; inside versus outside.

The 2012 annual symposium of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand will explore both Town and Country, exploring the fashions and fads, colours and patterns, textile traditions and innovations of our past and present.

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