Slovakia, Kristína Sipulová, Weaving & Clothing
Kristína’s work is the intersection of revival of handweaving and delicacy in the making of textiles. Grew up in Telgárt and surrounded by a rich textile heritage, she finds inspiration in the many different countries where she has lived. During her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia and at the Oslo National Academy of Arts, Norway, she undertook an internship at the Danish studio Beck&Kinch, where she produced custom-made, hand-woven fabrics for Chanel. She gained experience as a Visual Researcher at the Studio Edelkoort in Paris and as anDesign Assistant at the Studio Marlène Huissoud. In Paris, she also teaches Textiles and Colour Theory courses at the International Fashion Academy IFA Paris.
Kristína’s garments are hand-knitted or hand-woven from carefully selected yarns. Some pieces are made from re-used linen handwoven textiles which are collected in the region of central Slovakia and were handwoven at the beginning of 20th century. These textiles are still of exceptional quality. In handwoven garments, hand-carded and hand-spun linen yarns from Slovakia are combined with silk yarns from Japan. A unique character of fabric is created for each kind of garment. The fabrics are woven directly for the cut, producing minimal production waste. Pattern design solutions allow maximum use of woven fabrics for the final garments. When using high-quality yarns, garments are less worn, more durable and preserve their shape over time. The fabrics are firm but airy, allowing pieces to be worn longer.
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