New exhibition in Honolulu, : Parsi Silk and Muslin from Iran, India and China

Dear Zarathushtis,
Information received from Pheroza J Godrej and Firoza Punthakey Mistree of an exciting new exhibition co-curated by these two dynamic ladies at the East West Centre, Honolulu Hawaii, USA , which is part of East West Centre”s Arts Program, . The exhibition Parsi Silk and Muslin From Iran, India and China, will be from October 11, 2015 to January 24, 2016

The exhibition will focus on the textile traditions of the Parsi and Iranian community including secular as well as ritual clothing as used by Zoroastrian priests. Textiles will be used to display aspects of Parsi community life, Parsi history in India and Iran, and the various cultural influences on Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrian identity. Artifacts such as porcelain and furniture pieces and photographs will be used to provide context for the textiles displayed.

The exhibits will also include Zoroastrian Iranian Costumes of Yazd and will highlight the continuity of our culture and its unique place in modern day life in Iran and India. Viewers will gain insight into the history of the community, its rich and complex culture, the Zoroastrian religion, and the contributions of the Parsi and Iranian community to South Asia.

The co-curators see this as a compact travelling exhibition which they hope to show in many parts of the Diaspora. It consists of 65 objects on display and represents the development of our material culture in terms of costumes and textiles which we as a community have adopted and adapted over the years. The vibrant history of the Parsi Iranian Zoroastrian community is deeply woven into the textiles and costumes of our people and in a way these objects are there to speak for the community’s past and its future.

This promises to be a very exciting exhibition and those visiting Hawaii over the Christmas holidays should visit.

Admission is free and the gallery will be open Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sundays: Noon–4:00 p.m Closed Saturdays, October 12, November 11, 26-27 Closed Saturdays, & October 12, November 11, 26–27, December 24–25, 31, January 1 & 18.

For further information: +1 808-944-7177

The exhibition is supported by grants from Richard Cox: Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute: The Hawaii Pacific Rim Society and Aston Hotels and resorts

Attached : Flyer and Handout

Dolly Dastoor



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