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Sample, Astrakhan, 1965

This is a Sample. It was designed by Sheila Hicks. It is dated 1965 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is cotton and its technique is complementary warps, irregularly grouped wefts, hand woven. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Since the beginning of her career, Sheila Hicks has worked as both an artist and a designer, collaborating with architects and with industry. After graduating from Yale and studying weaving for several years in South and Central America, she established her own experimental weaving workshop in Taxco, Mexico. The weavings she created there were exhibited at the Knoll showroom in Mexico City in 1962, and at the Chicago Merchandise Mart the next year. In 1964 she met Florence Knoll Basset, who engaged her to produce textile designs and to serve as materials and color consultant to Knoll Textiles. She also designed hand-embroidered upholstery for Knoll International in France, for use on Saarinen pedestal chairs.
The collaboration with Knoll was short-lived, but in 1965, Hicks was approached by a representative of Commonwealth Trust of Calicut, Kerala, India. CommTrust was (and is) the longest continually operating hand-weaving mill in India. The mill had thousands of highly skilled weav

It is credited Gift of the Cristobal Zanartu Family, Paris.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 27.9 x 25.1 cm (11 in. x 9 7/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Astrakhan Pêcher 16 Largeur 130 cm 100% coton tissé main (on adhesive label)

Cite this object as

Sample, Astrakhan, 1965; Designed by Sheila Hicks (American, b. 1934); India; cotton; H x W: 27.9 x 25.1 cm (11 in. x 9 7/8 in.); Gift of the Cristobal Zanartu Family, Paris; 2013-32-2-4

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