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Today, slightly different article…Ok, it is not really about fashion but it is related to design in a sense…
When researching the internet, I came across this extract:

’Craftsmen and weavers from Chechy and Saxony began to arrive in the neighbourhood of Turek in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. The encouraging conditions provided by Tsar Alexander I gave impetus to the rapid development of the textile industry throughout Poland and thus encouraged the influx of weavers from Germany. The primitive handloom was gradually replaced by machine power and Turek, along with the larger industrial centers, became known for its percale, calico, and woolen fabrics. The weaving industry there was largely concentrated in the neighbourhoods known as Fertl (Pulco) and Novoshviat.’’

(Access date: 03.01.14 http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/turek/tur459.html )

The town of Turek (Poland) has got a long history of weaving and textiles. At one point, it was amongst three massive businesses that would employ huge percentage of inhabitants of the town until late 80’s of the twentieth century. Today, there is not much left of the weaving history, except for the fact that the local museum organizes tapestry competition every 3 years as a part of the town’s heritage. From what I have learnt, it is the tenth edition of the competition but it always faces two obstacles: money for marketing the event and the fact that not many people do tapestry these days.

In a nutshell, with tapestry, the artist needs to make a wooden frame, prepare the whole structure, choose threads, start intertwining, connecting all the threads together and make sure each layer is tightly pushed down. Some of the work requires even higher degree of skill and takes hours, days, months…

All that skill involved in tapestry is actually the traditional way of making textiles. The weaving skills got slightly more sophisticated over time. These days, computerised weaving machines do the work for us, they can create the most sophisticated types of fabrics that we can conveniently buy in a fabric shop or just enjoy as a garment.

And, on that note, when I entered the first out of three rooms of the exhibition I was amazed by the quantity and the quality of the entries. Then, I instantly thought… this could be such an excellent platform for scouting for new talented artists and their designs. Their designs could be either used as templates for posters, cushion covers, coasters or, to take it even further, as templates for fabric prints. We have seen brilliant fabric designs in many collections, haven’t we?

As someone who likes design and fashion, I would like to take my hat off to all the kids and adults who showed their commitment to hard work and tradition, just by submitting their entries. However, I feel slightly disappointed with the organizers of this event. Firstly, I feel that the museum could be more pro-active in advertising it by use of social media, letters to textile companies, textile designers, fashion designers, artists, local business people and, secondly, that this types of contests should be taking place every year so it would not be forgotten in between any other events. That would certainly put my hometown museum on the map.

Would you, dear readers, have it framed and hang it in your house?

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