Selvedge Magazine Issue 109 - Rise Up

Selvedge Magazine Issue 109 - Rise Up

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The lavish excess of ornamentation in the embroidery practised by the Spanish Langartera might be considered an anathema to someone educated within Bauhaus principles of modernism, but in this issue we see that embroidery is far more than simply a way to embellish cloth. It is also an encyclopedia of history. In the case of the Langartera, it is the embodiment of Jewish, Muslim and Catholic influences on the history of a place. A similar layering of material archaeology is also evident in the contrasting patterns played off against each other across the globe in the portraits of Corina Gertz, which elevate community over individuality.  Bringing us up to date Claudia Muñoz Morales introduces us to the ways in which embroidery artisans across Mexico are using the rich cultural history found in their embroidery to uplift communities
Polly Leonard 
Founder & Editor of Selvedge Magazine

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