Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Late Classic Chief's re-weave

A Late Classic or Transitional Blanket, from the 1880s or 1890s with aniline red and indigo blue; well-worth restoring a large gash that had been darned decades earlier. We've seen pieces from this era where the blue bleeds when wet, but appears to be indigo...Did synthetic indigo become available this early?

Blue Teec Nos Pos re-weave

As Difficult as it can be to match shades of white, this 1970s Navajo Teec Nos Pos, made with commercially-dyed and -spun yarn, presented a host of major challenges. A dog bite on a faded blue corner with evenly-spun yarn required exceptional color skills, carding and spinning skills, and re-weaving/joining skills. As the photos show, Kayla was up for the task and has brought the the rug back to life. Click on the photos for an up-close look!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Rufus Cohen in Istanbul, 2007

First posting

Welcome to Textival's new Blog! We will be sharing photos of our works-in-progress and of some of the cool textiles and rugs that pass through our doors. Occasionally we will compose a paragraph or two of thoughts and reflections...So tune in from time to time.