The Michigan Weavers Guild (MWG) is dedicated to encouraging excellence, inspiring creativity, and preserving fiber traditions by providing forums for the education of handweavers, handspinners, basketmakers, and fiber artists in related disciplines.
MWG January 17, 2015 Meeting
This presentation describes how new research methods make historic figured silks held in museum collections available to weavers for study purposes. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, antiquities collectors acquired archaeological silk fragments attributed to Mediterranean and Near East workshops between AD 600-1200. While necessary to protect our fragile textile heritage, conservation standards have limited access to these pieces for study purposes. Now, high-resolution digital images and computer-based analysis techniques provide new information about how historic silks were constructed from a weaver’s point of view with a focus on material processing, weave structure, pattern design, and end use.