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Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design

Tai Smith


The Bauhaus school in Germany has been understood through the writings of its founding director Walter Gropius and several artists who taught there: Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and László Moholy-Nagy. Far less recognized are texts written by women in the school’s weaving workshop. The weavers’ innovativeness can be attributed to their notable textiles products: from colorful, expressionist tapestries to the invention of sound-proofing and light-reflective fabric. But it was also here that, for the first time, a modernist theory of weaving emerged—an investigation of its material elements, lo ... More

Keywords: Textile, Weaving, Bauhaus, Modernism, Medium-specificity, Media, Fiber Art, Craft, Design

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816687237
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tai Smith, author