Current Location:
John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering -> 3rd Floor (KEN)
Location Notes:
KEN; 3rd fl., Top of Stairs

Bedouin Textile

Artwork
Identifier:
2006.251.1
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Textile
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 27 in Width: 29.625 in
Description:
Large rectangular pillowcase with geometric designs. Large stitch down right side of surface. Pinched, strained, frayed fabric. Loose thread. Zipper doesn't close all the way.
Historical Context:
The Bedouins are a nomadic people who, historically, have lived across the Middle East and North Africa, inhabiting arid areas and moving their base with turning of the seasons. Traditionally women’s work, the Bedouin weaving was developed in their unique culture, creating household items suited for the life in the desert. Sheep wool from one’s own herd is spun into thread, colored with natural dye and woven into a fabric using a ground loom. The particularly tight and strong fabric is used for tents, rugs, pillows, and other domestic items.