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Butah

A work made of cotton; warp resist dyed (ikat), satin damask weave.

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  • A work made of cotton; warp resist dyed (ikat), satin damask weave.

Date:

2011

Artist:

Ethel Stein (American, 1917-2018)

About this artwork

In Butah, Ethel Stein paid homage to the ancient Indo-Persian motif of a teardrop shape filled with color and pattern, known in English as a paisley. Designer and entrepreneur Jack Lenor Larsen commissioned this piece for an exhibition in 2012 at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. Stein took her inspiration for both the paisley motif and the warp-dyeing technique from a Central Asian ikat silk. To achieve her witty celebration of this ubiquitous textile motif, she enlarged a single example to a huge scale and created a two-part banner.

Status

On View, Gallery 59

Department

Textiles

Artist

Ethel Stein

Title

Butah

Place

New York (Object made in)

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2011

Medium

Cotton; warp resist dyed (ikat), satin damask weave

Dimensions

219.1 × 179.1 cm (86 1/4 × 70 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Fund

Reference Number

2018.380a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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