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"A Calligrapher's Art: Inscribed Cotton Ikat from Yemen"
2001-01-26 until 2001-04-29
Textile Museum
Washington, DC, USA

A Calligrapher's Art will feature textiles from Yemen, which were woven in the 9th and 10th centuries of our era. Many are inscribed in Arabic in an elaborately decorative script. Some of the inscriptions are drawn in ink and gilded; others are embroidered. The inscriptions include pious expressions or invocations; some bear names of individuals. The textiles are cotton; although woven in plain weave, the cotton warps were resist-dyed before weaving.

Adjustments in the placement of the warps enabled the weavers to engage in the play of patterns created by several colors and the arrangement of abstract forms. This exhibition will explore these textiles as an art of weavers and dyers and well as the art of calligraphers and goldsmiths.


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