Knotting the Grass

The museum is marking the beginning of the Iranian New Year with the opening of this new display on 21 March, Knotting the Grass, developed by Dr Kamelia Carr, a local Iranian-Australian archaeologist.

The exhibition consists of paintings and handicrafts that represent different aspects of Iranian culture that remain important to Dr Carr – music, dance, ethnicity and the celebration of the Iranian New Year, known as No-rooz.

Dr Carr’s display of art, craft and objects will introduce you to aspects of traditional and modern Iranian culture and engage your interest in a diverse and ancient country.

Dr Carr was born in Tehran, the capital of Iran, and studied a Masters in Archaeology there. She completed her PhD in Archaeology in Malaysia before emigrating to make a new life in Townsville with her Australian husband.

The exhibition was named after the traditional custom whereby single girls can wish for a husband by knotting grass, symbolising the bond of marriage, on the 13th day of the Iranian New Year.

“For me the practice, which stems from the Zoroastrian religion, symbolises the new year and the coming of spring,” Dr Carr said.

Dr Carr will also give a talk on Iranian culture as part of the museum’s monthly Discover More lecture series on Tuesday 8 April at 12pm.

Event Details

Dates
21 March 2014 09:30 AM - 18 May 2014 05:00 PM
Cost
Free with Admission

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