Explore the beauty and variety of Eastern Art objects on display in the Textiles gallery.
Making textiles requires mathematical skills: both arithmetic and geometry are used to translate a pattern into a woven structure or textile surface design.
The relationship of warp to weft determines the surface of the cloth, and the weaver learns to translate this into a pattern. The result may be a simple combination of stripes or a complex tapestry design.
Patterns applied to the woven cloth may also require counting skills and sophisticated planning of space. These embroideries and printed textiles depend on both. Counted stitches are the basis of the embroidery, and principles of symmetry are essential when designing with printing blocks.
Objects may have since been removed or replaced from a gallery. Click into an individual object record to confirm whether or not an object is currently on display. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis, so contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular Eastern Art object.