|kuba velvet, shibori and mirror embroidered wool, bogolanfini mud cloth|
Dotted. Striped. Billowing. Flat.
His paintings placed figures in front of his fabric collection, wearing his collection. The flattened decorative motifs animate the backgrounds, suggesting a "new" reality - neither 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional.
Matisse: His Art and His Textiles.
My own collection of African textiles is pictured above. Inspired by Matisse, I hung it up in our living room in October - and have enjoyed looking at them for two months. The white dots in the left weaving are little mirrors that reflect the light. The central strongly rhythmic black and white fabric in the middle is bogolanfini mud cloth - and the three brownish ones are kuba cloths.