ANNE WANNER'S Textiles in History   /  exhibitions

The Textile-Museum St.Gallen
Vadianstrasse 2
CH-9000 St.Gallen
tel: ++41 71 222 17 44
fax: ++41 71 223 42 39
opening hours:
Mo - Sa: 10-12, 14-17
sunday: 10-17,
first Wed. every month: 10-17

entrance fees:
sFr. 5.- per person
sFr. 3.- in groups of 10 persons
sFr 2.- students

"Tell me what bonnet you wear ..."

An exhibition of traditional St.Gallen bonnets
in cooperation with St.Gallen's Traditional Costume Association

June 12th to November 3rd, 2002


On two Sundays: 18th of August and 22 of September 2002, 11 am to 4 pm
you will be offered an opportunity to become acquainted with the arts-and-crafts techniques used to produce traditional St.Gallen bonnets – techniques with which hardly anyone is still familiar today.

  The magnificent golden wheel bonnet, which is made of lamé lace, reveals a Catholic St.Gallen townswoman.

This special exhibition shows the impressive diversity of the headgear that is typical of the various regions' traditional costumes. This diversity is the result of a combination of the different bonnet types – such as the wheel bonnet, wing bonnet and dusette – and a wide variety of arts-and-crafts textile techniques. The manufacture of wheel bonnets, for instance, involves bobbin lace, darned netting or chenille work. The backs of the bonnets may be made by different types of lace and embroidery involving metal threads.

A crucial reason for this rich and varied culture of traditional costumes is the historical evolution of the Canton of Saint Gallen, which will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in the coming year. When the Canton joined the Swiss Confederation in 1803, it was made up of all the areas which, after the dissolution of the Helvetic Cantons Säntis and Linth, were assigned neither to the Cantons of Glarus and Schwyz, nor to the two Half-Cantons of Appenzell.

  Oil paintings, drawings, and photographs document the transformation that took place in the second half of the 19th century, when traditional costumes changed from the festive dress of the rural population into an emblem of national identity, the "dress of the homeland".

We dedicate a portrait each to the two personalities who made essential contributions to the revival of St.Gallen's traditional costume culture: the artist, architect and traditional costume designer Hedwig Scherrer from Montlingen (1878-1940), and the explorer of the technique of lamé lace, Rosa Enzler (1904-1992).

design for postcard by
Hedwig Scherrer (1878-1940), 1927
48,2 x 35,3 cm


Press release by:
Marianne Gächter-Weber and Cordula M. Kessler Loertscher, Curators

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