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"And That's A Wrap: Stories of the Manila Shawl" exhibition

    • The word 'shawl' refers to an article of clothing worn as an outer wrap mostly by women; before the mid-17th century, there was no such word in the English language. It was not until trade goods from China included richly decorated oblong pieces of fabric, that the name 'shawl' was assigned to an article of clothing. Come explore the rich history of one of these vibrant textiles, the 'Manila Shawl' -- it is a story spanning three centuries and the globe, with tales of trade on the high seas, Victorian excess, and whirling Flamenco dancers.