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Fabrications: A Sampling of Multicultural Textiles

The Tulip and Rose
William Morris
(British, 1834–1896)
The Tulip and Rose design
ca. 1876
Three-ply woolen furnishing fabric
(88.3)
Gift of Elizabeth Belot in honor of Dr. Vera Townsend and Dr. Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt

A celebration of the diversity of multiple cultures, this exhibition displayed textiles from the permanent collection. Included were African, Chinese, Japanese, European and American, Indonesian, pre-Columbian and Coptic textiles whose primary design elements focused on natural motifs, both plant and animal. The fabrics demonstrated a variety of weaves, and embroidery and dyeing techniques in wool, linen, silk, cotton, gold, silver, and reed. William Morris’ first design for woven textiles, The Tulip and Rose from ca. 1876, a silk crepe Japanese kimono, an Indian Kashmir shawl, and an embroidered pair of shoes from the Tudor period were important components of the exhibition.

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