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Special exhibition “Glass beadwork – Luxury goods from the Erzgebirge for the world”

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  • Annaberg-Buchholz
  • 11.08. – 30.10.2022Overview of dates
  • 10:00 - 17:00
  • Exhibition, Art and culture,…

Pearl shine and exclusively lovingly produced works are convincing in the context of the special exhibition at the Erzgebirgsmuseum Annaberg-Buchholz.

Glass beads fascinate with their colour and shine. In Erzgebirge, glass beads have been produced and used for luxury goods such as gorgeous garments, pearl bags and other accessories for over 100 years. Also in Annaberg and Buchholz itself, pearl weaving was an important branch of production.

Conceived and designed by the collector Dr. Bettina Levin from Sehma, the special exhibition presents a variety of finely crafted works of art from the Saxon and Bohemian Ore Mountains. They were made in laborious work in factories and by homeworkers from small glass beads cut from hand-drawn glass tubes with tiny diameters.

Traditional motifs were usually adapted to the taste of the time, so that “woman” always went with fashion.

The pearl bags and bags were mainly exported to the USA, but they are also known as popular fashion and souvenir items in Italy and Austria.

In addition to bead bags and other glass bead works, historical documents and photographs revive glass bead fashion and show the importance of this global export industry. Fashion reached its peak in the 1920s: luxury items from the Erzgebirge were traded at the fashion markets in Paris and New York, and many Hollywood beauties wore elaborate costumes in pearl embroidery, pearl fringes or wax bead-posaments. But the woven pearl bags also became a bestseller all over the world.

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Erzgebirgsmuseum mit Silberbergwerk Im Gößner
Große Kirchgasse 16
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz

Phone: +49 (0) 3733 23497
Website: www.annaberg-buchholz.de/erzgebirgsmuseum

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