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1961

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Textile, Mexicotton Stripe, 1961

This is a Textile. It was designed by Alexander Hayden Girard and produced by Herman Miller Textiles. It is dated 1961. Its medium is cotton and its technique is plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

Alexander Girard was an avid collector of folk art -- his collection, which he donated to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, more than doubled that museum’s holdings. From 1955 onward, he traveled regularly to Mexico to purchase artifacts for interiors he was designing, for the Textiles & Objects shop, and for his own collection. On one of these trips he found a mill which was hand-weaving basic stripes, checks and plaids from locally grown cotton. The hand-made texture and vibrant colors appealed to him, and he continued to work with the mill for the duration of his relationship with Herman Miller. Girard was a colorist of extraordinary skill, and was able to unlock the tremendous design potential of the stripe—the most basic of patterns. Jack Lenor Larsen wrote:
“For almost two decades Girard’s designs for (Herman) Miller included selections from his famous Mexicotton series. His endless variations on related stripes, checks and solids primarily within the confines of one weave, one yarn and one density prove his innovative prowess. Such exercises often stultify; Girard responded to this discipline as do great poets to the sonnet form.”[i]

It is credited Gift of George R. Kravis II.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 447 × 137.2 cm (14 ft. 8 in. × 54 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Mexicotton Stripe, 1961; Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard (American, 1907–1993); cotton; H x W: 447 × 137.2 cm (14 ft. 8 in. × 54 in.); Gift of George R. Kravis II; 2018-22-126

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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