Clematis textile

Designer Associated Artists American
Manufactured by Cheney Brothers American

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In creating this piece of gold "shadow silk" printed with abstracted flowers that might be clematis, the artist-designer was less interested in portraying specific flowers than in capturing the effects of light on blossoms. The flower species is difficult to identify, unlike those in many of the firm’s earlier floral designs, because the faithful depiction of its characteristics was of minor concern. To make "shadow silks" a special warp-printing technique was employed: the warp (the vertical threads) was preprinted with the pattern beforehand, and when the solid-colored horizontal weft threads were woven in, the designs naturally fell slightly out of alignment.

Clematis textile, Associated Artists (1883–1907), Silk, printed, American

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