We are just a weekend away from a fantastic week with Foxcroft Wintermission and Hillwood collaboration. The Kashmir Rose team has been preparing eagerly to make this week an interactive and inspirational Wintermission for the girls and faculty at the Foxcroft School as well as Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens participating staff.
"The Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens"
On Monday, Princess Aliyah will begin our Wintermission journey with the inspiration behind Kashmir Rose and how preserving art helps empower people who then can help protect the environment which they live in through the integration of art, science and technology, which is the essense of Kashmir World Foundation's projects.
Kashmir Rose's Art Specialist, Christian Ruth, will provide a professional analysis and interpretation of the Hillwood Painting, "Protrait of a Women," cloaked with a Kashmir Shawl. He will talk about the color yellow's significance and the ultrimarine blue pigment which was created from Lapis Lazuli mined in regions of Kashmir. The student will have an opportunity to see how this color was used for painting, porceline and textile.
“I am particularly attracted by the beauty of an object, its craftsmanship, and history...”
— Marjorie Merriweather Post
On Tuesday, Princess Aliyah will join Foxcroft Students and Hillwood Tour Specialist for a private tour of Marjorie Merriweather Post's life, her collection starting in the French Drawing Room and transitioning to Hillwood's featured Exhibit "A Boyar Wedding Feast," painted in 1883, by Konstantin Makovsky.
Princess Aliyah visited the Hillwood in 2015, to be mezmorized by Konstantin's spectacular painting depicting a Boyar Wedding Feast from the 1600s. Her interest peaked to learn more about how the Kashmir Shawls played a role in Russian fashion
and art. If you study the Boyar Wedding painting you will see how the men and women are weaking shawls of Kashmir style. Not only are the shawls embroidered but the dresses of both noblemen and women depict the importance of artist who custom
made the custumes and the brillance of the Konstantin to capture the beauty and emotions of all those present.
On Wednesday, Kashmir Rose Artist, Sara Friedland, will discuss the "Anatomy of the Kashmir Shawl" and "Orgin of the Kashmir Paisley". Sarah's research will include exerpts from the book "Cashmere A French Passion" by Monique Levi-Strauss. "The story of the French cashmere shawls of the 19th century and their rise to the heights of fashion. This treasure trove will delight textile scholars and costume historians and anyone who loves gorgeous accessories." The book can be purchased at the Hillwood Store.
On Thursday, Kashmir Rose Photographic Artist, Mara Szabova, will enlighten the students with her "Shades of Kashmir Rose" photo exhibit. Mara will share the inspiration behind the water droplets and the model blurred behind the glass theme. What role water, a natural element, plays in the art of making the luxurious Kashmir Shawls. Mara will also discuss Artistic photography techniques.
On Friday, Foxcroft Student will end Wintermission with a presentation on the Journey of the Kashmir Shawls throughout Russia and Europe during the 1800s. First they will present the research they collect from Hillwood Museum paintings, then they will sphare their artistic photos with Kashmir Shawls, followed by a creative ways of wrapping yourself in Kashmir Shawl. The Kashmir Shawl, with its strong properties of status and love we hope will bring a new perspective for the students and faculty at Foxcroft and Hillwood staff and volunteers.
Make sure to visit the Hillwood Museum to see the their new Exhibit!