10 December 2016DFAS visit to Volkenkunde Museum for The World of Feathers
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DFAS visit to Volkenkunde Museum for The World of Feathers
Saturday 10 December 2016


None of us knew quite what to except when went to see the Exhibition of the World of Feathers currently being held at the Museum van Volkenkunde in Leiden.  Eleven Members and Friends of DFAS had signed up to the tour of the exhibition lead by our young, charming guide Melissa.  We were pleasantly surprised by the extent of the collection of fantastic costumes, headdresses, clothes, fans and all sorts of artefacts using feathers. We were told that the museum’s most beautiful feather objects are now on display to the public for the first time.

People wear feathers to make an impression. They have done so all over the world for centuries. Feathers are dazzling, they are distinctive and yet they also connect. They have given many indigenous peoples – from Papua New Guinea to North America – iconic status.

The exhibition also drew attention to the fact that some of the birds are now extinct through over hunting and use of their feathers.

The collators had made very effective use of extremely colourful films, photographs and music to add to the overall success of the exhibition.

Well worth the visit!