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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Fruit Punch

[Detail, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Early 20th century, Artist/maker unknown, Silk plain weave, ikat dyed, Philadelphia Museum of Art.]

Ending soon is the show An Enduring Motif: The Pomegranate in Textiles. Encompassing a variety of textiles from the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection that feature the ancient and highly symblic fruit, the exhibition is on view through June 20, 2010.

Shown above is an ikat, or resist-dyed, silk with a very oversized and stylized version of a pomegranate sliced in half. The unknown designer also incorporated a branch laden with the whole fruit (see here). Interestingly, the museum points out that traditionally a mix of Central Asian craftspeople worked on pieces like this; women cultivated silkworms and made the silk threads, while men designed, dyed, and wove the fabrics.

Related past posts: In Stitches and Museum Quality Tie-Dye.

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