I wrote previously about Textiles Imitating Textiles with reference to pieces in the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson at the National Textile Museum in Washington DC. Here are some more of the incredible pieces on display there for another fortnight.
The detail above is from the back of the sleeve cuff of this blue beauty:
I did find something to satisfy the weaver in me. This medallion has details painted over a tapestry woven background.
But then I noticed the edges of the deep blue:
And that the gold sparkle came from a change of yarn. There is even a change to a more yellow shade of cream in one area, but why does that change follow the lay of the weft at it’s bottom edge, and the painted curved line at the top?Delightful textural effects were to be found on & near this vase:
This tray was depicted with a superb eye for detail.
and there I found this elegant creature and her friends amongst the foliage:
The exhibition at the National Textile Museum at George Washington University, Washington DC continues for another fortnight, and the gallery guide can be viewed here.
Embroideries illustrating itajime fabrics can be found at Textiles Imitating Textiles.