Celebrating an archive of textile design

Those with a love of textile and design will want to visit the New York School of Interior Design.

That’s because “Pattern and Process: Selections from the Kravet Archive” has opened in the Manhattan institution’s NYSID Gallery.

The exhibition, which continues through Nov. 27, is billed as “a celebration honoring the intrepid process Kravet has mastered putting forth fresh product rooted in textile history.”

And here are more details, as shared by NYSID:

“Kravet Inc. is known for its comprehensive archive of textile design, which documents the history of textile manufacturing dating back centurie, and originating from cultures across the globe. Encompassing textiles, paintings, artifacts and other historic documents, the Kravet archive is an important resource for researchers, designers and historians. For the first time, the Kravet Archive is the subject of an exhibition that presents its history and complexity for designers, design enthusiasts and visitors new to the subject alike to enjoy. More than 80 examples from this vast repository of textile design history are on display as part of ‘Pattern and Process: Selections from the Kravet Archive’ at the NYSID Gallery.

“The Kravet archive, located at Kravet Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Bethpage, Long Island, is incredibly diverse. The oldest object is a Coptic textile fragment dating from 200 B.C., but it also includes contemporary pieces, such as recent indigo-dyed fabrics from Japan. The artifacts collected are drawn from around the world, with textiles originating from six continents spanning historical and contemporary production techniques.”

The gallery is at 170 E. 70thSt. Admission is free.

For more, visit nysid.edu/exhibitions.

– Mary Shustack

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