Saturday, May 28, 2011

Fabric find

I noticed there was an estate sale up the hill from us today, so I stopped by to see if there was anything interesting. I found this fabric in a box of fabrics. Most of the fabrics in the box were old cotton calicoes, of no interest to me, but I thought this was very charming. It is a heavy jacquard weave, two sided. There is a little more than two yards. It looks black and white in the photo and, indeed, when I first picked it up I thought it was black and white, but when I got it into the sunlight I could see that the dark color is a very dark blue. For $1 I couldn't resist it. I think I will make a cushion cover for my old wicker rocker that I brought from our old house porch. I plan to put it into the studio we plan to build.
I love these kinds of designs. I wonder where this fabric came from. The bird design reminds me of birds I have seen in weavings in Ecuador, like the ones below, but I have also seen similar birds in Aboriginal designs from Australia and weavings from Nepal and embroideries from Eastern Europe. Isn't it interesting how similar a lot of ethnic designs from around the world are?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:38 PM

    I think your textile is from Guatemala. You can see huipiles (blouses) that are of a similar design and technique at the website Click on the pueblo of Panajachel. -- Sherrill