Current Location:
John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering -> 2nd Floor (KEN)
Location Notes:
KEN; 2nd fl., Outside Rm. 215, West Entrance

Bedouin Textile

Artwork
Identifier:
2006.257.1
Artist:
Artist Unknown
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Textile
Date:
circa 2006
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 23.125 in Width: 31.375 in
Description:
Rectangular pillowcase with black, white, and red vertical stripes, Two thin blue stripes. A knot of yellow fabric at the bottom.
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.