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Winter/Lake Biwa

A work made of linen and wool; weft resist dyed (ikat), plain weave with complementary wefts and supplementary brocading wefts.

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  • A work made of linen and wool; weft resist dyed (ikat), plain weave with complementary wefts and supplementary brocading wefts.

Date:

2001

Artist:

Michael Rohde (American, born 1943)
Westlake Village, California, United States

About this artwork

Winter/Lake Biwa is one of four works by Michael Rohde inspired by the seasons in Japan. It belongs to a larger group of weavings that Rohde calls “textile tapestries,” which are based on designs from other cultures with strong weaving traditions, such as Peruvian tunics and Diné (Navajo) blankets. This composition references the shape of a kimono, the T-shaped garment that is a symbol of Japanese identity.

Rohde states that his practice explores the interaction of colors and geometry. He begins each new work by hand dyeing the wool yarns he uses for both the foundation of the weaving and the supplementary, or decorative, wefts.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Michael Rohde

Title

Winter/Lake Biwa

Place

California (Object made in)

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Made 2001

Medium

Linen and wool; weft resist dyed (ikat), plain weave with complementary wefts and supplementary brocading wefts

Inscriptions

Winter/Lake Biwa-2001 / 59” x 48” / Michael F. Rohde (printed on rectangular cloth label sewn on reverse, bottom left corner)

Dimensions

156.6 × 121.8 cm (60 1/2 × 48 in.)

Credit Line

Nicole Williams Contemporary Textile Fund

Reference Number

2004.75

Extended information about this artwork

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