The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show has been described as “the best Tribal Art show in world.”  And with good reason. Each year this highly anticipated event brings together a monumental living–memory presentation of global culture, including ethnographic sculptures, textiles and jewelry. Collectors, designers and art aficionados the world over gather at this show to view the latest and greatest, in addition to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to trends in the art community. The carefully-curated show brings in a select conclave of more than 100 renowned art experts from Europe, North America, Australia, South East Asia, the Oceanic Islands and Africa-to name a few; each showcasing the best examples of craftsmanship from tribal societies across the planet. The Opening Night benefited the de Young Museum and is a hot ticket for the elite in San Franciscan society or for anyone with an appreciation for stunning artifacts. Not even the rain and winds that draped the evening, at the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason, could keep the enthusiastic patrons at bay. Accompanying the International art treasures, the evening featured the culinary offerings of McCalls catering, open bars and a live jazz trio to enhance the already spirited atmosphere. The meaning of this event can best be summarized by the words of one of its long time exhibitors, Dr. Ulrike Montigel of Stuttgart, Germany, “This show is the most interesting, varied and most pleasant to do. I move between London, NYC and SF. It’s not pretentious or high-brow-highbrow yet it’s still equally prestigious. I have been coming for 18 years.” 

Emillio Mesa
Author: Emillio Mesa

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