An appreciation of yarns, fibres, cloth construction, cloth handle and colour are at the basis of all this woven work, which is essentially non-pictorial and abstract. Pattern weaving and representational tapestry do not feature largely in the Crafts Study Centre's collection, perhaps because they are still too strongly identified with the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, against which many of the pioneer weavers and potters reacted.
Hand-weavers in Britain today are part of a specialised area which is inevitably undergoing rapid technological change. However, they can choose from diverse avenues and applications in a craft which has a fascinating history, aspects of which can be traced through the careers of the thirteen practitioners discussed here.
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