Asian Fine Art Textiles

Bridging fragments

Bridging fragments

My friend textile artist Gerhardt Knodel has spend the ten years since “retiring” from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007 producing one remarkable body of work after another. Last year he shared a still-evolving inventive series of new work inspired by fragments of...

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Never neglect the details

Never neglect the details

My career was greatly influenced by Dorothy K Burnham (1911–2004). Her research on traditional garments and their constructions was published in the best-selling Cut My Cote. She convincingly demonstrated that garments in cloth-producing cultures were directly linked...

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Interview with Deborah Kalb

Interview with Deborah Kalb

See my response to questions about Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles with Deborah Kalb on October 9, 2016. Deborah Kalb is a freelance writer and editor. She spent two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including...

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Set of four yūzen birōdo screen panels

Set of four yūzen birōdo screen panels

The Takashimaya Company, one of the leading Kyoto-based producers of fine art textiles for export, was founded by Shinshichi Iida I in 1829 as a second hand formal clothing and accessories store. It became known as Takashimaya in 1831 and acquired a silk drapery...

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