Sarajo: A Conversation on Fiber Textile Art
Sarajo is delighted to once again host an event in conjunction with Textile Month NYC. Yosi Barzilai, owner of Sarajo, a gallery of antique textiles and ethnographic art, will present a talk at his SoHo gallery is presented in partnership with New York Textile Month.
When one thinks of natural fibers, one is naturally inclined to think of the most common sources: wool, silk and linen, but it is the less obvious and more exotic plant derived fibers, those having their origins mostly in tropical climes, which will be discussed during the Sarajo presentation.
Among the textiles to be discussed and on display will be examples from Sub Saharan Africa, Ivory Coast, Congo, Madagascar, the Philippines, Japan, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In an era of increased globalization, it is fascinating to consider how and why some of these textiles have managed to break out of their original environments to enjoy a far-flung popularity and appreciation, while others, against all odds, have managed to retrain their rarefied status. A preference for using “green” materials by those inclined towards environmental friendliness is certainly one very good reason.