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UNI Museums' fall exhibit demonstrates how cloth can communicate

August 31, 2011

Jori Wade-Booth, public affairs coordinator, UNI Museums, 319-273-2188,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Textiles in the form of blankets, clothes and decorations are a part of daily life for people around the world. Beyond these practical uses, however, textiles hold value in the form of unspoken communication.

On display Sept. 12 through Dec. 5, the UNI Museums' fall exhibit "Talking Textiles" will explore the meaning infused in everyday fabric, from the cut and color of the cloth and how it is worn to the motifs and embellishments used in its decoration.

Visitors will discover the meanings and cultural messages in a selection of textiles from the UNI Museums' own collection. This will include a Bedouin tent, a baby carrier from Borneo, a Fon cloth from West Africa and more. Explore how cloth has the ability to communicate with anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, marital status, religion, economic status or political views.

UNI Museums will celebrate the opening of "Talking Textiles" with a reception at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, at the University Museum, 3219 Hudson Rd. in Cedar Falls. The event will feature a short talk by Kim Taylor, collections manager and exhibit curator. There will also be a brief presentation by UNI students involved in bringing the exhibit to life. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

"Talking Textiles" and its programs are funded in part by the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation and sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Visit for more information and a complete listing of programs and events. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday.