Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Seattle Asian Art Museum presents: Mood Indigo

*Disclosure: I attended a press preview for this exhibition. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

When I was invited to the press preview of Seattle Asian Art Museum's new exhibition- Mood Indigo, I accepted while thinking "sure, I like the color blue. I wear a lot of blue clothing. Sounds pretty!" And that was about the extent of my pre-planning for visiting the museum. Much to my surprise, I walked back out of the museum after attending the exhibition with SO much knowledge and appreciation for this amazing crop that is has been used to dye clothing and other textiles for centuries!

The exhibition starts with a wonderful room with walls covered in indigo leaves. There is a sound element to this room as well, so you will find yourself immersed in the experience of growing and harvesting indigo. And the smell is subtle but lovely. From there you travel throughout the world, seeing the ways that indigo dye has been used to color clothing and tapestries and quilts and firemen's uniforms and so much more. The detail in the textiles is just amazing. Some of the items on display have never been exhibited before and they are just lovely!

I highly recommend getting yourself to the Seattle Asian Art Museum to check out this exhibition and everything else going on at the SAAM. And make sure to make time to stay and play in Seattle's Volunteer Park, where the museum is located! Mood Indigo is open now through October 9, 2016.