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Monday, August 12, 2013

Photographs and drawings of folk costumes from former Yugoslavia and surrounding regions.

Photographic prints, pattern drawings, watercolor paintings, and postcards that former UW faculty-member Blanche Payne collected or created on her research trips to the former Yugoslavia and various other countries during 1930 and 1936-1937.

Blanche Payne's travel photographs capture a time between World War I and II where regional folk costume was being replaced by Western fashions for everyday wear and became relegated to use in festivals and dances. 

Through studying Yugoslav museum collections, travelling to remote villages, markets, and festivals, and studying and collecting regional costume, Payne was able to record the distinct differences in costume that arose from both regional differences and cultural symbolism. 

Her pattern drawings are a resource to anyone who wants to study and recreate these regional costumes, while her collected postcards and paintings allow the viewer to view these costumes in vibrant color. 

Some of the photographs depict Blanche Payne’s costume design students modeling the costumes she brought back from her trips.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

More Photo Albums added to Mountaineers Collection

The Mountaineers is an outdoor club, founded in 1906, to promote the discovery, conservation and documentation of the "mountains, forests and watercourses of the Pacific Northwest". There were 151 initial charter members, one of whom was the renowned photographer, Asahel Curtis.

These albums depict some of the first major expeditions of the Mountaineers including the first major outing to Mt. Olympus in 1907. Other areas represented in the collection include Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker/Glacier Peak, Mt. Stuart/Mt. Daniel, Mt. Adams, Canada, Montana and various locations in the western United States.

Climbers on top of Cowlitz Chimneys

Visit the digital collection to see what albums are available online!