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Textile, Drag Box Plaid, 1960–1969

This is a Textile. It was designed by D.D. Tillett and Leslie Tillett. It is dated 1960–1969 and we acquired it in 2015. Its medium is cotton and its technique is hand-pulled stripes applied with drag box on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This fabric is a drag-box tour de force. Hand-pulled stripes of red, pink, orange, yellow, teal and blue are overprinted with an activated plaid of straight and curving lines, also hand-pulled, in emerald green and navy. The drag box was a tool originally invented by Leslie Tillett’s father, George; an acrylic box holds the ink, which is released through a narrow slot at one end. The printer has total control over the amount of ink released and the quality of the lines he draws with the box.

This object was donated by Seth Tillett and Nicole Rauscher. It is credited Gift of Seth Tillett and Nicole Rauscher.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 78.7 × 130.8 cm (31 × 51 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Drag Box Plaid, 1960–1969; Designed by D.D. Tillett and Leslie Tillett; USA; cotton; H x W: 78.7 × 130.8 cm (31 × 51 1/2 in.); Gift of Seth Tillett and Nicole Rauscher; 2015-16-14

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