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Textile, Kadrilj

This is a Textile. It was designed by Hans Krondahl. It is dated 1963 and we acquired it in 2002. Its medium is cotton and its technique is hand silk-screen printed on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Hans Krondahl is an important Swedish textile designer and fiber artist of the 1960s and 70s. Krondahl graduated from the National College of Art, Craft and Design in Stockholm in 1959. He opened his own studio in 1962, designing both large-scale tapestries for public environments as well as designs for industrially printed textiles. He was the head of the textiles department at the College of Art, Craft and Design in Stockholm (1977–78), the National College of Art and Design, in Olso (1978–79) and at the HDK College, Gothenburg University (1981–88). Krondahl taught textile arts at Gothenburg until 1995.
Kadrilj is a domestic textile designed early in Krondahl’s career and under the influence of his mentor, Astrid Sampe. Krondahl was exploring very basic methods of applying patterns; the designs for the printed pattern were created with cork and vegetable stamps; it has an organic feeling and a delicate palette. The artist writes, "Great care was taken to keep the freshness and ‘amateur’ feeling and move that along to mass-production." The length proposed for acquisition is an artist’s proof that went into commercial production as a silkscreen print.
This textile, together with Drottningholm, would be the first examples of early works by Krondahl in the museum’s collection. We have several later works by Krondahl that are of a very different nature: Christopher Columbus (designed 1968); Jazz, Blues, and Shimmy (all designed 1967); Enku, Kyoto, Kabuki, and Ginza (all designed 1965). These printed textiles were designed for use in public interiors—cinemas, theaters, restaurants—and show a bold use of color and abstract geometric shapes. Astrid Sampe, Krondahl’s mentor, is also represented in the collection.

This object was donated by Hans Krondahl. It is credited Gift of Hans Krondahl.

  • Cushion Cover (Greece)
  • silk embroidery on linen foundation.
  • Gift of Provident Securities Company from the Estate of Mr. and Mrs. William....
  • 1955-133-2

Its dimensions are

H x W: 134.9 × 128 cm (53 1/8 × 50 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

NK:S Textilkammare Made in Sweden Handprinted "Kadrilj" Hans Krondahl Design (printed in selvedge)

Cite this object as

Textile, Kadrilj; Designed by Hans Krondahl (Swedish, b. 1929); Sweden; cotton; H x W: 134.9 × 128 cm (53 1/8 × 50 3/8 in.); Gift of Hans Krondahl; 2002-27-1

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