the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

Weaving in art

Weaving is shown in works of art over the centuries. From a variety of countries, we see  both men and women producing fabric by interlacing warp and weft threads through the use of a frame or handloom. Due to my interest in the producton of paisley pattern, I’ve had fun identifying paintings to appear on this post. I hope you enjoy them.

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Weaver near an open window by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

 

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Der Leinenweber by Johann August Ernest Niegelssohn (1757-1833)

 

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American Indians: first families of the Southwest by John Frederick Huckel (1836-1936)

 

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Weavers, Tomb of Khnumhotep, Egyptian Art

 

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De Mulieribus Claris weaver (fifteenth century)

 

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The Weaver by Walter Gay (1856-1937)

 

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Muslim shawl makers in Kashmir by William Simpson (1867)

This final image is the one that interests me most, given my collection of short fiction is titled Paisley Shirt, which draws inspiration from the pattern that became popular with Europeans in Victorian times. Shawls were hand-made from the fine wool of  Himalayan mountain goats which were brought into India from Tibet and Ladak.

If you would like to read Paisley Shirt, the collection is now available from the Book Depository or you can purchase it from the following shops: Gullivers in Wimborne, The Book Shop in Bridport, Serendip in Lyme Regis,  The Swanage Bookshop, and Waterstones Dorchester. It is also available for loan through Dorset Libraries/Libraries West.

 

 

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Girls wearing shawls

I had such fun searching for images of women wearing paisley shawls (you can see the post here), that I decided to continue looking for paintings, but this time with girls wearing shawls.

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Girl in a Red Shawl by Alexi Harlamott (1840-1925)

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Aprilliebe by Arthur Hughes (1832-1915)

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Girl in a yellow shawl by Eugene de Blaas (1931)

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Girl with a green shawl by Joseph deCamp (1900)

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Lise in a white shawl by Renoir (1841-1919)

Do any of these images activate stories for you?  You can find out how paisley shawls and the development of paisley pattern have influenced the writing of Paisley Shirt by clicking here.

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