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Textile, Wintertree II

This is a Textile. It was produced by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated. We acquired it in 2016. Its medium is polyester, viscose rayon and its technique is devoré or burn-out printed. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Jack Larsen was among the first to recognize the importance of devoré fabrics for the interiors market. Developed in France for high-fashion fabrics, the combination of sheer and opaque areas proved very attractive for casement fabrics to create a complex interplay of light.
The process depends on a foundation cloth which combines polyester and cellulose (plant-based) fibers in an integrated, 2-layer weave structure. The pattern is silkscreened onto this cloth with an acid paste which “devours” or disintegrates the cellulose, without affecting the synthetic polyester yarns. In the resulting fabric, opaque or semi-opaque cotton or rayon areas contrast with sheer polyester scrim. This allowed designers a UV stable, affordable way to introduce pattern into casements, and to play with the mitigation of light.

It is credited Cowtan and Tout Larsen Archive Collection, Gift of Longhouse Reserve.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 154.3 × 149.9 cm (60 3/4 in. × 59 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Wintertree II; Produced by Jack Lenor Larsen Incorporated (United States); polyester, viscose rayon; H x W: 154.3 × 149.9 cm (60 3/4 in. × 59 in.); Cowtan and Tout Larsen Archive Collection, Gift of Longhouse Reserve; 2016-32-20-a

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