Category: Historical textiles

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On May 22nd, 2015 Polly Leonard wrote on the subject of Historical textiles,Selvedge.

In our current issue Esclarmonde Monteil, curator at the Musée de la Toile de Jouy, shook the foundations of our textiles knowledge when she told us the term “Toile de Jouy” does not just apply to the beautiful pastoral monochrome designs that we all know and love. Christopher-Philippe Oberkampf, the German-born son of a dye-maker, founded […]

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Japan Folk Crafts Museum »

On May 18th, 2015 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Artisans,Artists and Designers,Crafts,Exhibitions, shows and workshops,Historical textiles,Selvedge.

Just as the English Arts and Crafts movement is still hugely relevant to us today, it is hard to read the exhibits in The Japan Folk Craft’s museum as close to a century old. Furthermore, given that since the 1850s there’s been consistent cross fertilisation between Western and Japanese culture, there are objects that are deceivingly familiar […]

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Worn with Pride Textiles, Kimono, and Propaganda in Japan, 1925-1945 »

On May 14th, 2015 Grace Warde-Aldam wrote on the subject of Fashion,Historical textiles,Selvedge.

It is easy to read the materials and clothes we wear as social signifiers and clues to our cultural identities, however, it is something else to acknowledge cloth and clothes as active propaganda. Even though official uniforms, those of armies and policemen – uniforms of the state are relatively obvious, there is something slightly chilling about the cold, hard reasonings behind […]

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Gonul Paksoy’s Turkish Delights »

On May 11th, 2015 Polly Leonard wrote on the subject of Artists and Designers,Exhibitions, shows and workshops,Fashion,Historical textiles,Selvedge.

In issue 64 we re-visit Turkey where Tristan Rutherford goes in search of genuine Kilims.  If you don’t get as far as Konya in Anatolia there is plenty to see in Istanbul: including the exhibition of embroidered shoes at the Sadberk Hanim Museum. A must see on any textile enthusiast’s itinerary is the Gönül Paksoy  […]

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Woman in Gold »

On April 21st, 2015 Polly Leonard wrote on the subject of Historical textiles,Selvedge.

I enjoyed the film Woman in Gold last night. It is a fascinating narrative told by strong characters, similar to Philomena, with an older actress Helen Mirren who plays Jewish American immigrant Maria Altmann and a younger supporting actor, Ryan Raynolds as her lawyer, Randol Schoenberg. The story unravels around the provenance of a portrait […]

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