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A work made of cotton, pre-dyed warp and weft satin weave with twill interlacings of secondary binding warps and patterning wefts; woven on a loom with a drawloom attachment fabricated by the artist.
© Ethel Stein

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  • A work made of cotton, pre-dyed warp and weft satin weave with twill interlacings of secondary binding warps and patterning wefts; woven on a loom with a drawloom attachment fabricated by the artist.

Date:

1999

Artist:

Ethel Stein (American, 1917-2018)
United States

About this artwork

Ethel Stein was well known and admired by her contemporaries for her careful study and mastery of several difficult techniques. One of her most ambitious feats was to create her own draw loom, the loom used for weaving complex designs with a system of cords that are activated by hand to control the interlacing of the warps and wefts. This loom—based on technology invented by Chinese silk weavers as early as the seventh century—enabled her to turn from geometric motifs to more pictorial subjects, such as this stylized portrait inspired by Italian Renaissance painting. Stein delineated the subject’s features, hair, and clothing with color and manipulated the weave structure to create subtle changes in texture.

Status

On View, Gallery 58

Department

Textiles

Artist

Ethel Stein

Title

Portrait

Place

New York (Object made in)

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Made 1999

Medium

Cotton, pre-dyed warp and weft satin weave with twill interlacings of secondary binding warps and patterning wefts; woven on a loom with a drawloom attachment fabricated by the artist

Dimensions

108.5 × 88 cm (46 5/8 × 34 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ethel Stein

Reference Number

2012.423

Copyright

© Ethel Stein

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