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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

12.11.2013

Textile of the Day

[Image via the Philadelphia Museum of Art.]

Last week I had a chance to peek at a forthcoming collection from an American textile designer who has a contemporary aesthetic but draws inspiration from her Indian heritage. Soon I'll share a preview with you, but for now here's a look at one of the types of work that inspires her: Phulkari embroidery from Punjab, India. This bold 20th century piece belongs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, although it's not on view at the moment. With its linear emphasis, the cloth reminds me a little of the museum's Sol LeWitt installation.

About four years ago, in conjunction with their major Kantha exhibition, the Museum produced an excellent podcast about Bengali embroideries. Hopefully more podcasts on other Indian textiles in the collection will be made.

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