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Braiding - a cultural technique, thousands of years old, practised worldwide, regionally distinctive and still handicraft in the truest sense of the word: Only man has mastered the complex braiding technique, no machine can replace him. The exhibition focuses on the fascination of this skill and shows the interconnections between historically grown knowledge and modern innovations.

Interaktive Station „Material entscheidet“, 2021 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Christian Krug
Interaktive Station „Material entscheidet“, 2021 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Christian Krug Interaktive Station „Material entscheidet“, 2021 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Christian Krug

In the four exhibition areas Man, Protection, Material and Pattern, visitors can discover numerous woven everyday objects from all over Europe from the extensive collection of the Museum of European Cultures. A walk-in room sculpture by the artist Olaf Holzapfel and other international, contemporary art and design positions that deal with various braiding techniques offer complementary perspectives.

The individual themes are linked with numerous interactive stations that allow museum visitors to haptically experience the intangible cultural heritage contained in woven objects. So - ALL HANDS ON: Weaving!

A special exhibition by the Museum of European Cultures - National Museums in Berlin in cooperation with CARMAH and the European Ethnology programme at Humboldt University Berlin, the European Media Studies programme at the University of Potsdam and Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, and the Steglitz-Zehlendorf Gardening School.

Supported by Friede Springer Foundation and Friends of the MEK.

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