Posted by Irwin Kirsch on December 19, 1998 at 14:49:22:
In Reply to: Re: Check Out This Fragment posted by Michael Wendorf on December 18, 1998 at 18:58:47:
You are correct in stating that the Kuba Alpan fragment had a couple of synthetic dyes. Recall that Steve wrote: "It is an inescapable fact that the most you can get from a fragment is its tactile qualities, colors and a feel for the technical skill of the weaver. Everything else is lost."
I do not buy fragments, but I feel that not much is lost in this fragment (not having its main border, etc.) and one can appreciate the beautiful design, colors, and strength of this piece. While I would have loved seeing the entire rug, I can still appreciate the fragment. The fact that it has some synthetic colors and is from the last quarter of the 19th century (rather than earlier) doesn't ruin my enjoyment.
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