Silk brought to light
Silk brought to light analyses the importance of textiles created under the Nasrid sultanate and kept down to our days. The exhibition includes the digitalised catalogues of the collections of the Museum of the Alhambra and the Lázaro Galdiano Museum, along with a selection of Nasrid textiles from institutions throughout the Iberian Peninsula.
Today only fragments of these exquisite, delicate pieces remain, as documents that help us to reconstruct the history of what were once luxurious items of clothing, used to cover, embellish, protect and identify individuals and also to decorate the spaces in which they lived their lives, making them comfortable, playing with the light and pleasing the eye.
These textiles were used by the different civilisations that occupied the peninsula from the 8th to 16th centuries and, more than any of the other industrial arts, were used as a vehicle for cultural communication. The fragments preserved today are samples of textiles used by monarchs, the nobility and the clergy, both Christian and Muslim. They were included with the grave goods of important people and used to wrap relics, as military banners, diplomatic gifts and war booty.
Exhibition location: Museum of the Alhambra. Palace of Charles V
Lázaro Galdiano Museum. Madrid
Exhibition dates: 11 July 2012 – 3 March 2013