April 22, 2008–
The Textile Museum Celebrates Earth Day with BLUE
Blue is Pantone, Inc.’s 2008 “Color of the Year” and various shades of blue have appeared on fashion runways in recent seasons. Textile artists have been using this bold color for several millennia – and continue to do so today. More recently blue, especially as derived from natural indigo dyes, has become associated with the environmental movement. BLUE, on view at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. now through September 18, 2008, explores the creation and meaning of the color blue on textiles produced across time and place, with particular emphasis on contemporary artists’ use of natural indigo dyes as part of the melding of artistic production and environmental conscience.