ABSTRACT OF 

CURRENT ISSUE

Autumn 2019
VOLUME 26:  ISSUE 3VOLUME 26:  ISSUE 2

 

Silkworm's Fall theme, “Memory, History, and New Technologies: A Visual Connection,” foregrounds the core meaning of the term “technology,” namely, the development of tools, and the systematic application of those tools to change culture. And so it is logical that our first feature article is Susan Moyer's comprehensive and informative description of the Gutta Treatment she has developed to enable dye-color painting on silk. Dye-color painting, as the author explains, allows a technique on silk akin to water-color painting, one that that opens up new artistic possibilities and that develops the previous issue's focus.

The second short article develops the theme of social responsibility in silk fashion with an article on wild silks. As we all become acutely aware of the devastating environmental and human impacts of metals, chemicals, and bleaches involved in cultivated silk production, and in the “fast fashion” industry, it's time we also consider alternative approaches and materials.

The final article focuses on silk fashion that integrates the themes of memory, history and new technologies. You'll discover the bold designs of a fashion company based in Accra, Ghana, Osei-Duro. The two founding designers catalyze the relationships between different fashion systems to focus on developing new and hybrid materials, yet based on traditional textiles. As the author describes, Osei-Duro use batik, tie and dye, block printing, and natural indigo dyeing to create their one-of-a-kind silk and rayon fashion line that is grounded in social responsibility.

ARTICLES

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TITLE Dye-Color Painting on Gutta-Treated Silk
AUTHOR Susan Louise Moyer

TITLE Walking on the Wild Side of Silks
AUTHOR Liz Constable

TITLE Osei-Duro: Pioneer in Using West African Block Printing and Batik Practices with Silk and Rayon to Create One-of-a-Kind Sustainable Fashion
AUTHOR Liz Constable

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