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Textiles Around the World

A functional and beautiful art full of indigenous variation.

A 1924 Varvara Stepanova textile. Stepanova was born in Lithuania, and inspired by the Russian Revolution to make functional textiles. Her use of geometric shapes and few colors shows how modernism influenced her work as well. #textiles #stepanova #1920s #modernism

Victor Vasarely. 1962. During the 1960's, Victor Vasarely designed textiles for Edinburgh Weavers, focusing on grids and modern designs. Vasarely became known as the father of Op Art as his career continued. #textiles #1960s #Vasarely #opart

Beautifully crafted Indian wedding dress. The use of red in Indian weddings is meant to associate the bride with Durga, the Hindu goddess who represents power, strength and valor. #Hindu #Culture #Tradition #IndianWedding #Textiles

Ancient Chinese velvet textiles from 1063. The top textile features the chrysanthemum, which is a symbol of female beauty in Chinese culture. The bottom textile features a dragon, representative of strength, goodness and vigilance. Note the use of red, which is representative of the south, fire and the phoenix. This red was often considered sacred in Mongolia, and the color of joy in China. #textiles #velvet #ancienttextiles #culture

Chiapas carpet by Malene B, whom I met in NYC recently. She travels around the world and adapts indigenous designs and natural features into her carpets. Gorgeous stuff.

Malene B » Carpets