A RECIPE FOR BARBEQUED DRESSES (CHATTANOOGA)

A RECIPE FOR BARBEQUED DRESSES (CHATTANOOGA)

Next week, as part of the Crafted by Southern Hands event and workshop, our Barbeque-inspired Collection will be on display at Warehouse Row, a historic, old stone fort turned community retail center in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. The couture dresses were originally a part of the 15th Annual Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium’s Punch, Pictures, and ‘Cue Couture, and were smoked in collaboration with Drew Robinson of Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, Birmingham, Alabama.

Since the SFA Symposium last fall, the dresses have been at our home studio in Florence, waiting for the perfect place to display again. They still have as rich a hickory smell as the day they were smoked.

Expect award-winning barbeque from Jim ‘N Nick’s, cocktails and beer, and live music to celebrate the evening. Make sure to bring an appetite.

A RECIPE FOR BBQ DRESSES (CHATTANOOGA)

A RECIPE FOR BARBEQUED DRESSES

Alabama Chanin, Florence, Alabama, in collaboration with Drew Robinson, Jim ‘N Nick’s, Birmingham, Alabama

Ingredients

64 yards 100% organic cotton jersey, colors white and nude
47 spools Button Craft thread
112 yards embroidery floss
1 pound white glass beads
garment patterns
stencil designs
1 quart textile paint
24 talented embroidery artisans
27 needles
Embroidery scissors, both large and small
8 sticks hickory
Kindling
Matches
Patience

Construct garments by combining the first 10 ingredients, adding love and care. Once assembled, smoke embroidered dresses with hickory. This is the most common wood used for barbecue in our part of Alabama, because it is the most plentiful. As luck would have it, burned hickory produces a subtle flavor and color in both pork and dresses, respectively.

It made sense to us to use the same wood to smoke our homegrown garments (well, as much sense as it could make to smoke a dress, anyway).  Like a pig, dresses require a low temperature and lots of finesse.

Once you get the fire going, smoke your dresses at a temperature close to 170 degrees for about 18 hours.

Serves Warehouse Row, 2013.

EVENT INFORMATION

Exhibition Opening and Reception
Thursday, July 25, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Warehouse Row
1110 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Exhibition runs through August 29th

P.S.: Following the exhibition, Alabama Chanin is also hosting a Trunk Show at Amanda Pinson Jewelry on Friday and Saturday, and a One-Day Workshop at SPACE on Saturday.

 

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