Friday, October 27, 2006

arm chair travel

I travelled with John Gillow this morning. We went to Africa and I was especially inspired by the amazing textiles created by the Kuba people from the central part of the continent. In the afternoon I let Henri Matisse be my guide and marvelled at how he had used clothing and hangings from Algeria, Morroco and Romania in his paintings. In the later part of the day I visited Rajasthan, one of the provinces of India, with Vandana Bhandari . She made sure that I knew the correct names for every garment we looked at and for every embroidey stitch that was used. Doing research in world textiles is a pretty cool way to spend a day.

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