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Textile & Surface Design

Inspiring textiles

Textile & Surface Design

Use this guide to find information about the history, art, and applications of textiles. This guide suggests pointers to historical background, technical details, and inspirational images.

Textiles of the Past

Tapestry fragment of "Penelope at her Loom"

Tapestry fragment of "Penelope at her Loom",
woven in wool in France or Flanders,
c. 1480-1483.

Depictions of Odysseus' wife ripping out her weaving recur throughout history,
illustrating the enduring association of weaving

and the textile arts with virtuous women.

This image was downloaded from ArtStor, which is a terrific source for textile-design inspiration.

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