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Lolli’s Textile Art History class

Wow – what an amazing start to the class yesterday afternoon.  So many wonderful slides showing how textiles have been made through the millenniums and their various purposes.  Long lost cultures being discovered via global warming and the melting of glaciers.  We are in an interesting age.   Single classes are $30 each and the entire 14 (13 left) weeks for $250.  

Earliest direct proof of weaving yet known: impressions of textiles from Jarmo, in northeastern Iraq, ca. 7,000 BCE  Both plain weave and basket weave.  Since textiles disintegrate in air over time, those surviving are found in desert burials, bogs, lakes and bays with deep mud, caves, and glaciers.  Many ancient cultures mummified their ancestors and buried them in/with contemporary textiles that have been preserved in these various “tombs”.

Why were textile made?  sticks woven together for housing … felted wool yurts in Mongolia … bedouin tents … used for insulation during the middle ages with space between wall and large tapestries in castles allowing for the servants to walk between and providing a bit of warmth … clothing for cold … clothes for modesty … clothes that indicate marital or social status … clothes that identify their wearer’s place of origin or membership in a community … occupation … “tools” for hunting … for comfort (bedding, rugs, furniture, etc) … transportation (rope suspension bridges) or carrying or containing …  made for festivities, ceremonies, life cycle celebrations … banners and flags … trade / economics.

So many reason
So many beautiful expressions
So many symbols with significance

And before a textile can come into existence there needs to be proficiency in creating the raw material – yarn / string.  So spinning started many years prior.  And natural dyeing was done throughout the centuries – synthetic dyes only “discovered” in 1856.

Looking forward to next week:  Fibers … so many many of them

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