018: Featured Bengali Nakshi Kantha

The Bengal Region Bengal is a region in South Asia of shared historical, cultural and linguistic heritage which is defined by the Ganges river delta. This low lying region where the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers enter into the Bay of Bengal is the largest river delta in the world. It is also one the most fertile placesContinue reading “018: Featured Bengali Nakshi Kantha”

Featured Artist Interview : Emma Welty

return to our site We are very excited to have textile artist Emma Welty as our sixth artist. She is a researcher and weaver who focuses in on her relationship to the loom through craft legacies, inherited muscle memory and the links between textiles and language. Scroll down to read the interview, learn about her process andContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Emma Welty”

017: Antique Deco Rug

China & the Silk Road The Silk road (or Silk Roads) were established around 2,000 years ago during the Chinese Han dynasty (206BCE – 220CE). As the Han expanded into the Tarim Basin (modern day Xinjiang) they directly interfaced with the trade routes connecting the Mediterranean and Central Asia through the Iranian Plateau. Archeological discoveriesContinue reading “017: Antique Deco Rug”

Featured Artist Interview : Caroline Kaufman

return to our site We are very excited to have textile artist Caroline Kaufman as our fifth artist of Contemporary @ Heirloom. From painting to knitting to tufting, Caroline takes in the world around her and translates it into her own visual language. She lets color and texture speak to her and allows her subconscious to guideContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Caroline Kaufman”

016: Antique Qashqa’i Kilim

An Early History of the Qashqa’i People Southwest Iran is both the historic homeland and the most fabled region of the Persian people. It was from here that Cyrus the Great would establish the Achaemenid Empire around 2,500 years ago. It would become the largest empire the world had seen up to that point andContinue reading “016: Antique Qashqa’i Kilim”

Featured Artist Interview : Emma Redmond

return to our site We are very excited to have textile artist Emma Redmond as our fourth artist of Contemporary @ Heirloom. Through exploration and experimentation with multiple textile mediums, Emma produces highly distinctive works. From placing holes in her quilts to utilizing funky vintage fabrics, she has created a subset of textiles that are extremely funContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Emma Redmond”

015: Antique Mexican Saltillo Sarape

return to our site Pre-Columbian Mexico The region that encompasses modern day Mexico is one of only a few places in the world where civilization was thought to arise independently. Nearly 4,000 years ago many complex cultures began to form, eventually evolving into widely known civilizations such as the Zapotecs, Mayans and Aztecs. By theContinue reading “015: Antique Mexican Saltillo Sarape”

014: Indonesian Ceremonial Hinggi Kombu Ikat

return to our site What is Ikat? The word ‘ikat’ is derived from the Malay word mengikat, meaning ‘to tie’ or ‘to bind’. It describes the ancient textile technique as well as the finished fabric itself. This method of textile patterning involves tightly wrapping portions of vertical thread – the warp – with a resistContinue reading “014: Indonesian Ceremonial Hinggi Kombu Ikat”

Featured Artist Interview : Melissa Joseph

return to our site We are very excited to have felting artist Melissa Joseph as our third artist of the project. Through material exploration during her residency at the Textile Arts Center, she came across her newly chosen medium, felting. She considers her work to be in dialogue with painting and considered felting to beContinue reading “Featured Artist Interview : Melissa Joseph”

013: Anatolian Obruk Prayer Kilim

return to our site An Early History of Konya The Konya region is located in the center of the Anatolian peninsula, the land bridge that connects Europe and Asia, and has been inhabited by civilization for many millennia. It was a commercial center even in antiquity, when it was known as Iconium and ruled byContinue reading “013: Anatolian Obruk Prayer Kilim”