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The Secret Life of Textiles

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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Animal Fibers

The second in the Secret Life of Textiles exhibition series, this installation will feature works of art made from the most important animal fibers—wool, hair, silk, and feathers—by numerous cultures throughout history and in different regions of the world. The objects on view will include fibers from sheep, camelids, goats, yaks, horses, cows, and other small animals; silk filament from cultivated or wild silk worms; and feathers. Read more.

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Rank Badge with Stylized Bear

Rank Badge with Stylized Bear (18th century), China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Shaffron (Horse’s Head Defense) (c. 5th–7th century), Central Asian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Woman's ceremonial robe

Woman’s ceremonial robe (detail, 19th-century China). The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Woman's ceremonial robe

Woman’s ceremonial robe (19th century China). The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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