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TEXERE's Art-Deco-Project

Carmen Romeo dal Bò and Arianna Dri, Italy

Carmen Romeo dal Bò
Woven scarf to loom heddles sixteen  150 x 50 cm
Merino wool and angora, organzine silk, viscose, lurex,
in different shades of red and white.

The scarf is hand woven and decorated with the geometric patterns typical of the textile tradition. The composition is inspired by the Art Deco style that dominated in Italy in the Twenties and Thirties: an age in which the strong need for modernity and renewal, as well as the need for cultural exchange and dialogue, crossed the boundaries of individual Nations.
Among the innovative proposals introduced in Italy by Art Deco, I chose to explore the one in which the ancient Italian tradition and the modern spirit together are guiding the designer's choices. In this case you have not to use fixed rules, but to leave room for imagination and free improvisation. The colours of the scarf are modulated in nuances of red and white, and the designs, such as stripes, diamonds, little squares, zigzag or simple textures, are mixed together in an irregular manner. Furthermore, the innovative idea lies in mixing natural and synthetic yarns, as wool, silk, viscose and lurex to obtain a surface now polished, now opaque. Graphic elements alternating with monochromatic zones and geometric patterns of different sizes create a nice play of symmetries and asymmetries. Finally, I would like to emphasize that this scarf would like to arouse a sense of refined elegance as well as a sensation of continuous, dynamic, never end changing.




Arianna Dri
Adult Student of the Tiessi Weaving Course in Udine



  Woven scarf to loom heddles eight. Reduction of the comb: 4 threads per cm., 1 thread per tooth. Treading: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 , 7-6-5-4-3-2-1. Departure from the center to the sides. Sequence to repeat.. Last wires 1-2 .
Scarf length: 90 cm (excluding fringe), width: 16 cm
Warp consists of 76 strands of black wool blend. Weft yarn made of black cotton webbing type, yarn type synthetic webbing gradient colour fuchsia, pink lurex thread. The fuchsia and lurex yarn webbing were used alternately with black webbing .

The weaving process is simple because it has to indicate the willingness of the historical moment: ductile garments, easy to wear without sacrificing the habit of a touch of femininity and seduction given by colour and yarn.
Bands of woven tabby alternate to zig-zag geometric effects but soft (warp effect) to form small triangles in relief that recall the friezes of Egyptian temples, characterized by strict symmetry and embellishing the artefact to show more than the mere functionalism. The monochrome background, on which stands the bright colour of some parts of the weft, conjure up the intriguing and voluptuous women of the Marcello Dudovich posters.

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