Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Turkish Embroidered Textile

Accession Number: TR.8616-70

Label 1: Turkey, 12/12/86, Conley

Label 2: Turkey, Conley, 11/4/86

This is a hand woven linen textile, approximately 28 ½” x 16”. The long sides of the textile are the selvage edges. The shorter sides have been hand hemmed. Each end is embroidered with stylized pink, black, and metallic gold flowers in silk floss and thin strips of metal. The leaves and stems of the plants are embroidered in green and metallic gold and there is an embroidered border in black, metallic gold, blue, pink, and yellow.

This item was not deconstructed.

The textile was folded in half and the sides hand sewn together. Triangle shaped flaps were folded up and hand sewn to form the bottom of the wastepaper basket. An interior frame was constructed using wooden dowels. The fabric was stretched over it and attached with stitches along the rim.

The accession number has been embroidered on one side of the wastepaper basket.


  1. This is really cool but at the same time it makes me really sad. Why would such nice things that are a part of history be thrown out? I guess I'm glad they are becoming something else but at the same time, I'm sad they weren't treasured in their original state! I'm glad you bought them but wonder who bought the rest and what they did with them!!

  2. Hello, I heard you being interviewed on Weekend Edition and was intrigued by your project. I had to check out your blog. Your work is awesome. I was wondering if you will be selling any items from your collection at some time. Thanks so very much. No matter what I'll be following your work. It's awesome!

  3. P.S. I am fascinated by Turkish textiles and design.

  4. I love that you made something so unexpected with this. It's strange to say but that's a really good looking trash can. It makes me want one!