For Kids & Families: Exploring Costume & Textiles

Three dynamic videos for children and families present an experiential approach to LACMA’s Costume and Textiles collection. Storylines weave together a range of objects from various cultures, time periods, and geographic regions revealing contextual information and inviting present day connections aimed to inspire authentic, relevant experiences for viewers. 

bojagi is a traditional Korean wrapping cloth used to wrap gifts, important documents, and other items. From February to June, 2014, over 1,700 people collaborated to create the Boone Children's Gallery Community Bojagi. By coloring, painting and sewing fabric pieces together, participants were able to work together, share stories, learn new skills and most importantly, be part of something extraordinary. 

The Community Bojagi is displayed in the Boone Children’s Gallery for all to see. This project was made possible by a grant from The John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation.


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What does community have to do with it? Around the world, people with different kinds of expertise come together to create something special. In this video, narrated by a group of tweens, learn about the collaborative process for making three different textiles from Japan, Cameroon and the United States.


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What does your closet at home have in common with LACMA? LACMA curators reveal how fun and easy it is to make connections between a typical middle-school student's wardrobe and the museum's collection of costume and textiles.


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What inspires artists working with textiles? Learn how art made long ago sparks the creativity of today's designers. Discover how paintings by an Italian monk inspired two sisters from Pasadena, California, to create a line of silk gowns, and how visiting museums as a young girl influenced one designer to create whimsical patterns.


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