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Room: The Veranda of Floating Threads

Those dazzled by the ornament can rest here and enjoy the fresh air at The Veranda of Floating Threads. Best be mindful of the Kente’s, what might appear as abstract geometric patterns are in fact linguistic expressions ornately coded into wearable textile strips. You see, ornaments traditionally provided an instrument to divide and decorate space. Yet this collection, on loan from the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana, exemplifies a method of ornamental steganography; concealing meaning into a layered language of form. Thus, there is more to the ornament than meets the eye.

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