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Textile, Carousel, 1954

This is a Textile. It was designed by Emma Yarlekovic and produced by Associated American Artists. It is dated 1954 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is cotton and its technique is printed. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

Carousel was created by the American watercolor and oil painter Emma Yarlekovic. Her unicorns, parasols, and starbursts in shades of yellow, pink, and orange tumble across a speckled off-white ground.
Sportswear designer Cal-Sun unexpectedly used the design to create a men’s sport shirt ($6.95) and swim trunks ($5.00), as shown in the May 1, 1955 New York Times Magazine Report on Men’s Wear. (1)
(1) Karen J. Herbaugh, “Index of AAA Textile Designs,” in Art for Every Home: An Illustrated Index of Associated American Artists Prints, Ceramics, and Textile Designs (Manhattan: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Kansas State University, 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19686.

This object was donated by American Textile History Museum. It is credited American Textile History Museum Collection.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 90.8 × 90.2 cm (35 3/4 × 35 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Carousel, 1954; Designed by Emma Yarlekovic (American, b. 1924); cotton; H x W: 90.8 × 90.2 cm (35 3/4 × 35 1/2 in.); American Textile History Museum Collection; 2016-35-33

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