What we wear is often as important as what we do during our most important life events.
The CCA is currently featuring a virtual exhibit on the Alliance Community Collections site called “Enduring Objects”. This exhibit started as a public event, during which community members had the opportunity to present items or articles of clothing they had at home and share with us why they feel a connection to it. Moderating the event was Lori Barcliff Baptista, UIC's Director of the African-American Cultural Center. Joining her on stage were two representatives from CCA's member museums, the Latvian Folk Art Museum's president Dace Kezbers & the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society's president Jean Mishima.
Below is a sampling of “Enduring Objects”. Please tour the virtual "Enduring Objects"
exhibit for further details.
Latvian 7-Day Ring:
Between the 7th and the 13th centuries, the Baltic people began making rings and bracelets out of various metals in a spiral pattern. The jewelry has a long heritage with Latvia, however, it has seen a new popularity following Latvia’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Mehndi Wedding Sari:
The traditional Indian wedding ceremony includes a Mehndi celebration. During this celebration, all the women gather together to help make the bride beautiful, often with what is commonly called henna.
Japanese American ID tags:
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government passed Executive Order #966, which allowed the government to force Japanese Americans into internment camps across the western half of the country. At these internment camps, Japanese Americans were given an ID tag that designated each individual as a number. These tags had to be worn at all times in the internment camps.
Native American Hairpiece:
A wedding accessory made out of leather and incorporating the traditional beading technique of the Salish Indians. This hairpiece is adorned with white and silver beads to complement a more contemporary wedding dress.