Monday, October 31, 2011

Mystery Monday


I picked up this largish cloth at the thrift store. It measure about 20" wide by 80" long, and appears to be a loom controlled inlay pattern. What is interesting about it is that while the pattern repeats, the colours don't.

The silk inlay (discontinous supplementary weft)threads are primarily white, but also include a dark blue, light blue and light brown. The red background appears to be fine handwoven cotton. When I first saw it I thought it might be Greek, but after looking through all my books on middle Eastern textiles I am more confused than ever. I can see similarities to Kazak, Caucasus and even Moroccan textiles. But I could be completely out in left field, and the piece might be from Scandinavia.

Might any of my learned readers be able to identity the origin of this mysterious cloth?

7 comments:

  1. Isn;t that interesting, I thought Scandinavian myself, looks like the embellishments on Sami clothing or Norwegian in general, but then again, you're right it has even a bit of an Eastern European feel, too. I'm curious what you find out. What about going to the textile blog for reference?

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  2. What a great find from Thrift store! It would be great as throw lug - Enjoy Nat

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  3. It is beautiful,it makes me think of Eastern Europe too. I will investigate a bit.

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  4. Ooh, I think it might be from Laos! See this link:
    http://www.craftrevival.org/Craftpics.asp?CountryCode=LAOS&CraftCode=003648
    The Craft Revival site looks fascinating.

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  5. the measurements are interesting, could it have been woven on a backstrap loom? in which case Laos is a good possibility. Hope you find out and let us know.

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  6. Heather, thanks for the link to craftrevival site it looks great, need more time.

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  7. Came back to see if you'd figured it out. Fascinating, it does look like it comes from Laos... never would have guessed. Great site!

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