The Charleston Museum

Aug 28

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Jul 26

It’s summer in the South and we’re all feeling the heat and the humidity. But, at least now modern technology allows us to escape indoors for some relief.  So, what about the pre air-conditioning days? Also, of course, fashion of the 18th and 19th century was quite different as well. Southern ladies, layered in their European finery, must surely have felt the heat – and humidity, just as we do today. But as fashion generally won out, women coped as well as they could through the long, hot summer. The Charleston Museum’s Textiles Curator, Jan Hiester is here to share with your some of the ways they managed.  Her first post is about feather (or “church”) fans.  To learn more (and stay posted for what’s next on Keeping Cool) check out our Blog!

It’s summer in the South and we’re all feeling the heat and the humidity. But, at least now modern technology allows us to escape indoors for some relief.  So, what about the pre air-conditioning days? Also, of course, fashion of the 18th and 19th century was quite different as well. Southern ladies, layered in their European finery, must surely have felt the heat – and humidity, just as we do today. But as fashion generally won out, women coped as well as they could through the long, hot summer. The Charleston Museum’s Textiles Curator, Jan Hiester is here to share with your some of the ways they managed.  Her first post is about feather (or “church”) fans.  To learn more (and stay posted for what’s next on Keeping Cool) check out our Blog!

May 13

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May 12

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May 05

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Apr 22

This lovely knitted bag with beaded design probably dates to the 1920s. The shimmery beading resembles stylized peacock plumes, perhaps an Art Deco reinterpretation of the ever-popular feather. Beading creates loops for the drawstring handle. It is lined with green satin and may have been owned by Julia McIver Logan (1885-1923) of Charleston.
 TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from the Charleston Museum’s textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday

This lovely knitted bag with beaded design probably dates to the 1920s. The shimmery beading resembles stylized peacock plumes, perhaps an Art Deco reinterpretation of the ever-popular feather. Beading creates loops for the drawstring handle. It is lined with green satin and may have been owned by Julia McIver Logan (1885-1923) of Charleston.

 TEXTILE TUESDAYS: Each Tuesday we post a piece from the Charleston Museum’s textile collection.  Some items have been on exhibit, some will eventually be shown in our Historic Textiles Gallery and some may be just too fragile to display. We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on TEXTILE TUESDAY! #TextileTuesday

Apr 14

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Apr 07

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