I think it was a combination of nature and nurture that saw my love affair with textiles take shape. If you follow my posts, you’ll know that my mother, Dee, was an expert in Islamic textiles, and this is just one branch of a wise old tree that could represent my fascination with fabrics. Just as D is for Dee, it’s fitting that D is also for damask, a woven fabric of cotton, linen, silk or wool that incorporates a reversible pattern. Named for Damascus, and its position on the trading routes of the Silk Road, damask is one of the five basic weaving styles attributed to Islamic textile production of the Middle Ages. When I travelled alone to Damascus in Syria just a few years ago, I was able to see the fibres, the looms and pieces being woven and it only heightened my interest in all of it. The technique has been shared the world over, meaning you can find examples of damask in places like Italy and France – I love this shared history, perhaps a quiet reminder of our global community.

The Alphabet Of Materials
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Written by Adam TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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