In the wake of the social changes of the 1960s, a group of young jewellery designers turned their back on traditional jewellery design. The result was experimental jewellery that was produced with everyday materials such as textiles, plastic and rubber and could be acquired at affordable prices. This development, which democratised jewellery, started in various places, including the Netherlands, where it became established in the 1970s.
The Body Jewels exhibition – which has been taken over from the TextielMuseum in Tilburg – sheds light on this topic with the help of exhibits from its collection. The St.Gallen Textile Museum complements the Dutch items with Swiss works from the same period, which testify both to an interaction with international currents and to an independent line of development.