Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam, hand knitted play environments

Meet the Artist Behind Those Amazing, Hand-Knitted Playgrounds

Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam creates large, interactive textile environments that function both as imaginative and vibrant explorations of color and form, at the same time as providing thrilling play environments

Traditional festive costume from the central district of the Balıkesir province. Dating: 1925-1950. The trousers and long-sleeved vest in striped silk, and the velvet jacket are embroidered (‘golden’ thread in ‘kordon tutturma’ technique/applied cord). (Kavak Folklor Ekibi&Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional festive costume from the central district of the Balıkesir province…

A traditional festive costume from the Konya province.  Late-Ottoman urban fashion, end of 19th century.  With garments and jewelry from 1875-1900, or earlier.  Top picture: ‘summer’ costume; bottom picture: ‘winter’ (cold weather) costume.  (Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

A traditional festive costume from the Konya province.

Traditional festive headgear of an Üsküdarlı Tahtacı woman, from the Bergama region.  Consisting in a large white headscarf (adorned with coloured ribbons, metallic sequins, glass beads & silk tassels), two smaller scarves, a forehead band, a chin band and temple ornaments; the latter three are adorned with metal sequins and/or glass beadwork.  Clothing style: ca. 1970. The Tahtacı are Alevi Türkmen.  (Kavak Costume Collection - Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional festive headgear of an Üsküdarlı Tahtacı woman, from the Bergama region. Consisting in a large white headscarf (adorned with coloured ribbons, metallic sequins, glass beads

Traditional bridal costume from Türkmen villages in the Dinar district (Afyon province), e.g. in the valley of Çölovası.  Style of the mid-20th century.  (Kavak Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).

Traditional bridal costume from Türkmen villages in the Sandıklı and Dinar districts (Afyon province), e.

Kurdish traditional festive costume from Yüksekova (70 km east of Hakkâri town). Fashion of the 1970-1990 period. Headscarf and jewelry are older: 1900-1950. Except for the headgear and jewels, this costume is/was also worn as a daily dress during the better season. (Kavak Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).

Kurdish traditional festive costume from Yüksekova km east of Hakkâri town). Headscarf and jewelry are older: (Kavak Costume Collection-Antwerpen/Belgium).

Rearview of a traditional bridal costume from Türkmen villages in the Dinar district (Afyon province), e.g. in the valley of Çölovası.  Ca. 1975.  With a close-up of the beadwork pendents adorning the bride’s waist belt.  (Archives of Kavak/Antwerpen).

Rearview of a traditional bridal costume from Türkmen villages in the Dinar district (Afyon province), e. in the valley of Çölovası. With a close-up of the beadwork pendents adorning the bride’s waist belt. (Archives of Kavak/Antwerpen).

A bridal headgear from the Eğirdir district (to the northeast of Isparta). Style: second half of 20th century. Mirrors in a bride’s costume or headgear have a protective function: they are amulets against the ‘evil eye’, which is believed to be a power possessed by some people, that causes harm, injury, misfortune and even death.

A bridal headgear from the Eğirdir district (to the northeast of Isparta). Style: rural, second half of century. Mirrors in a bride’s costume or headgear…

Festive headdress from Georgia. Style: early 20th century. This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Festive headdress from Georgia. This is a recent workshop-made copy, as worn by folk dance groups.

Traditional bridal headgear and facial adornment from the Bodrum area (Muğla province), ca. 1900-1925.

Traditional bridal headgear and facial adornment from the Bodrum area (Muğla province), ca.

A young Yörük woman in her festive costume, at a wedding in the village of Çamkalabak, near Ayvacık (in the south of the Çanakkale province), April 2012.

A young Yörük woman in her festive costume, at a wedding in the village of Çamkalabak, near Ayvacık (in the south of the Çanakkale province), April

Two belts: one with metal buckle, one with ‘göz’ motif (amulet) in seashells and…

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