Monday, November 12, 2012
Following the Thread: Swedish Handweaving..rya front and back
Rya, or what we call pile or shag weaving, is very popular in Sweden. Wool and rags are used for the pile to create a lush, warm textile. What I found fascinating about rya weavings was the contrast between the front and back of the textile. The front was the rya shag, full of texture and colour and dimension, while the back is like a map to how the cloth was constructed. The image below is the back of the rya weaving you see above. It is like a code where what appear to be subtle accents of colour are actually explosions of colour when the textile is viewed from the front (ie. the diagonal orange stripes seen on the rya side).
Both of the these textiles are examples of contemporary handweaving in Sweden influenced by traditional techniques.