The thousands of textiles currently housed at the Brooklyn Museum are prime examples of the vast global history of textile making and sewing traditions in New York City. In participation with New York Textile Month,we will be showcasing one textile per day for the month of September. While difficult to narrow it down to only thirty textiles, we think these works are best at weaving narratives about topics such as innovations in the textile industry, craft and the beauty of the handmade, textiles from legendary designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Anni Albers, as well as textiles with a sense of humor. Did you know that PeeWee’s Playhouse had a line of textiles made?
This appealing printed silk is typical of the large number of as yet undocumented textiles that are part of the Brooklyn Museum collection. About 3,000 textiles are in this category. They have been given generalized accession numbers, because the source of the donation, or purchase, is unknown. Presumably these textiles initially were part of the Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory collection and not part of the larger, more traditionally curated and accessioned textile collection. It depicts a female and male figure, perhaps dolls, in peasant dress that dance across the design linked by a braided rope. It is a sophisticated and well printed textile.
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