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Cream T-shaped felt cloak with a small round neck, decorated with a silk embroidered inscription in Farsi in orange on the bottom hem and seven multi-coloured Turkmen-style tulips on the front. They are embroidered in predominantly red, dark pink and black and highlighted with yellow, blue and dark green. The piece is a reinterpretation of a traditional Iranian shepherd's cloak (namad), made for display only. Also inscribed is the date of production.
- Production date
- 2004 (1383 Hijri Shamsi (Solar))
Length: 107 centimetres
Width: 116 centimetres (sleeve to sleeve)
- Curator's comments
- This piece belongs to the artist's very first series of felt objects from the 'A Persian Journey in Felt Series'. The tulip flowers featured on the design were inspired by traditional embroideries on late-19th and early 20th-century Turkmen textiles. Ghezelayagh chose only one flower pattern and repeated it seven times on the piece. It was produced by Ghezelayagh in Tehran in 2004. The felt was produced in Luristan, western Iran.
Bita Ghezelayagh (b.1966)
Bita Ghezelayagh trained as an architect in Paris and worked in building restoration and interior design in Tehran. She has also served as a collaborating art director on several notable Iranian films. She now works between London and Tehran. Ghezelayagh started working with felt in 2004 following her field research with indigenous felt-makers in Luristan, western Iran. She believes that felt embodies qualities such as simplicity and resilience, which are often disregarded in Iran’s march to modernity. In 2011, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Jameel Prize of contemporary art.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Deposited 16/06/11 (number: 832)
- Middle East
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