Flat weave Wagireh
Wagirehs were used also for kilims. Here is an example from Sabahi’s book (pages 59-59) showing a Senneh kilim, beginning of 20th.
The bunch of flowers around the medallion are the so-called “gol farangh” or roses of France, imitated from European models.
Southeast Asian Sampler
Dear folks -
Turkotek tries to take a pretty steady non-commercial stance but every once in awhile we encounter a situation that suggests that at least a partial breaking of our usual rule in this area is in order.
Flatwoven samplers seem less frequent and when I contacted Marla Mallett inviting her to participate in this salon she responded saying that she is currently in Turkey with very limited internet access and will say more when she returns in a few days.
In our brief conversation, she indicated that she currently has a southeast Asian sampler up on her site. We have made a studied decision to show it to you.
It is this piece:
Note: I replaced the link to a page on Marla's site with a link to the image itself, on our server, since the page will disappear from her site sooner or later, and we want the image to be in this message when it's archived.
Marla said that it is for the purpose of preserving designs.
We need to restrict most conversation about this piece, but felt that it was useful for you to see it.
R. John Howe
Marla's comment, that it is for the purpose of preserving designs, seems odd to me. Textiles including these designs are fairly abundant, so it seems unlikely that the designs need to be preserved by creating samplers that include them. I know she's out of range at the moment, but I hope she will comment on this when she returns.
I made the morning's post from another location without looking at what Marla actually said in her email to me.
Turns out it's a little different than what I attributed to her.
Her own words were:
"...It's a sampler of brocade designs for weaver's reference."
Sorry if this made a lot of difference.
R. John Howe
Sure. It makes sense this way; that's one of the two main functions of wagireh (one is for the client to look at and make selections, the other is for the weaver's reference as she works or plans).
Thai or Lao sampler
The sampler picece posted looks like one I saw in Thailand that was produced
by one of the Queen's workshops at Goldsmith College to preserve patterns. Both
in Thailand and Laos there are many symbols that belonged to different groups
and geographical regions. With the advent of easy travel those symbols have
been carried by photos and material to different regions and weavers have picked
up the patterns to interpret themselves. When I traveled up north near the Sam
Neau I met many textile vendors that were bringing in stored pattern devices
and materials to the weavers. The weavers reproduced what the vendor gave them
and he brought them back to the main market in Vientiane.
I studied in Laos with silk weavers and many of them have smaller samplers like this with their symbols. When questioned about the source they came from their families and from other source textiles. Both the Thai and the Lao are working to preserve their heritage pieces and the
associated symbols within them.