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Wednesday
Nov142007

Russian Textiles

Recently, a friend of mine who is also an editor at Abrams (of which STC is a part) showed me a book she edited that fascinated me. It's called Russian Textiles. It focuses on printed-cotton fabrics created and manufactured in Russia from about 1860 to 1960, specifically for export to Central Asia, as well as the political, economic, and cultural ties between Russia and the Central Asian region (which includes Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikstan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrygystan). Here are just three of the nearly 200 textile patterns featured. The first two are linings from robes. The third one is part of a series of fabrics in which Russian designers tried to depict ways in which the Soviets had "improved" the lives of the Central Asian people.

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Reader Comments (2)

Just love the train/floral one. I'm Russian, so this post was inspiring.

November 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNicholette

I look forward to seeing this book. Last winter a friend and I saw a fascinating exhibit in Boston of printed textiles, many Russian, that incorporated war-time and propaganda imagery.

These examples are particularly beautiful in terms of repetitions and shapes. And the color schemes are really unusual! Seeing textiles really shines alight on different periods in time, another way to open our eyes to what life was like.

Bravo!

November 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Newton

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