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What is this?

Various blocks of ikat in indigo blue, tan and off-white.

Why is this in our collection?

Ethel Stein’s interest in textile structures began with her work with Cooper-Hewitt’s collection—specifically with the velvets and damask collection, under the tutelage of former Textiles department curator, Milton Sonday. This ikat piece reflects Stein’s interest in process and technique. Stein was a sculptor before she became interested in textiles. Stein and her husband, an architect, were very sympathetic to the modernist movement. They were friends with Josef and Anni Albers and promoted a Bauhaus living style. Stein’s work was included in a number of important art and textile exhibitions between 1995 and 2005 and is held in major collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the... more

This is a panel from United States. It is dated 1980–89 and we acquired it in 2005. Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor.

Its medium is

medium: silk technique: tied resist patterning in warp [or weft] (ikat) on plain weave

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 43.5 x 43.5 cm (17 1/8 x 17 1/8 in.)

This object was designed by Ethel Stein and woven by Ethel Stein

This object was donated by Leane Lachman and purchased from Ethel Stein

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