just wondering

Catching up on some blog reading, I am intrigued by this art of the day object from the Met:

The description of this Nigerian wall hanging explains how the weavers of the Niger region, with their strip-weaving tradition, went to great lengths to apply this technique to patterns of North African origin. But I’d love to know whether the “odd one out” about two-fifths of the way down was deliberate or not. The effect of the one mismatched motif is — to my eyes — rather charming… but was the weaver quite as delighted with it as I am, I wonder?

just wondering” was posted by Cally on 5 Aug 2010 at http://callybooker.wordpress.com

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7 Responses

  1. Trevor Mill
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    That wall art has made me smile – I love the shape and colour.

    Talking of things that make me smile
    I saw an exhibition of these once and now I own one

  2. Alison
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    Interesting – the thing that I noticed more was the ‘dye lot’ issue between the strips. Another thing that I found charming, but the maker may have been less than thrilled by. I had to go back to spot the pattern mismatch.

    It’s lovely, though. 🙂

  3. margery
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    My mom always said one should add one imperfection to each piece, in order to show it’s handmade. This piece is beautiful!

  4. Alexis
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    could it be that like alot of slavic crafts you purposefully make an error to remind yourself that only God makes things perfect? I seem to recall that Iranian carpet weavers to the same thing.

  5. Peg in South Carolina
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    Callly, your post on Koehler refuses to come up from Bloglines…..i.e., I want to read it on your blog, but it says the url no longer exists.

    • Cally
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      Sorry Peg – I have taken it down temporarily, and I didn’t realise bloglines would still show it! Should have thought of that as there is always a bit of a time lag. Will re-post shortly.

  6. annmarie
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    it does seems like an unintentional bit of weaving, given that the piece is put together in strips, but I’ll admit that I had to study the piece for a minute or two before I found the ‘odd one out’!

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