Bag, Nandi, 1965
Medium: cotton Technique: plain weave with complementary warps, stripes of twill weave, with discontinuous supplementary wefts, hand woven. Gift of the Cristobal Zanartu Family, Paris. 2013-32-1
What is this?
Woven cloth bag with a front flap and strap. Fabric is a hand-woven cotton in which the warps are thinner and more tightly twisted than the loosely-twisted, slubby wefts. Wide stripes in each direction are interrupted occasionally with very narrow ones of 2 warps or wefts each. The vertical stripes are accented with insertions of discontinuous weft which is very thick and raised.
Why is this in our collection?
Sheila Hicks has always worked as both an artist and a designer, collaborating with architects and industry. After graduating from Yale and studying weaving for several years in South and Central America, she established her own experimental weaving workshop in Taxco, Mexico. The weavings she created there were exhibited at the Knoll showroom in Mexico City in 1962 and at the Chicago Merchandise Mart the following year. In 1964, she met Florence Knoll Bassett, who engaged her to produce textile designs and to serve as a color and materials consultant to Knoll Textiles. Hicks also designed hand-embroidered upholstery for Knoll International in France, for use on Saarinen pedestal chairs. The collaboration... more