Significant aspects of weaving an exhibit of woven tapis

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Anne Malphrus Bailey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: Like other arts, weaving originally had great ritual and practical significance in the hieratic structure of early cultures. If we had worn only leather skins all our lives, woolen cloth would seem wonderful to us. The Athenian, clothed in his woolen chlamys, must have found the sheer silks from the island of Cos fabulous, divine. So it would seem from the frequency of the representation of the "coa vestis" in classical vase painting," and sculpture. To us fineness, or any other quality in textiles, has a purely commercial and practical connotation, but in the past, certain fabrics, certain colors, because of their exceptional qualities, were the property only of royalty, or of the religious offices, in recognition of the spiritual significance of the fine and wonderfully made.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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