ALL THAT IS MINE I CARRY WITH ME: FROM KNOT-WRAP TO BAG
An exhibition "All That Is Mine I Carry with Me… " continues the RME project "Anthropology of Object".
The statement “Omnia nea mecum porto” attributed to Cicero alludes to spiritual values, but later it obtained new meaning. Now it is a question of material benefits. The exhibition acquaints visitors with the RME collection of accessories to the traditional costume of the peoples of Russia. The collection includes various devices for carrying personal belongings.
In ethnographic literature, there is no consensus what should be understood under the term “accessory” in the context of traditional costume. It could be costume supplements such as headgear, footwear, and adornments or specific “clothes” for hands and feet, for example, gloves, mittens, stockings, socks, etc. Exhibition curatorial team choose artifacts that played a significant role in creating the image of person who wears traditional costume. These details could tell a lot about their owner, his or hers social status and occupation.
There are more than 150 exhibits on the exhibition. These are textile and leather bags and sacks, saddle-bags for storage and carrying of large things and even for carrying children, purses and famous Russian pouches – lakomniki, various tobacco pouches, flasks and vessels for the powder, bullets, and kits for making fire or tea.