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Bauhaus Textiles: Women Artists and the Weaving Workshop Paperback – April 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500280347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500280348
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Admissions literature for the Bauhaus school of art in the 1920s and early 1930s described an egalitarian community, with "absolute equality but also absolute equal duties." Women artists arriving at the Bauhaus were nevertheless immediately shuttled off to the weaving workshop, regardless of their interest in textiles. As Sigrid Wortmann Weltge explains, this was only the first indication that all was not progressive in this school of modernism. "They were at the Bauhaus because it had promised equality in the choice of a profession. In reality they found that their role within the institution was defined and formulated by their teachers. Only then did it become apparent that they were assigned talents and capacities viewed as innately female, of which a special predilection for textiles was only one."

Those who chose to stick it out in this sexist environment went on to create textiles which were some of the most beautiful and underappreciated art of the era. The weaving workshop eventually became a "laboratory for industrial fabrics" and one of the most financially successful workshops in the Bauhaus. This book chronicles the creative growth of the workshop within the larger context of the Bauhaus, and it unearths the history of individual artists such as Gunta Stolzl, Anni Albers, Benita Otte, Otti Berger, and Marli Ehrman. The author interviewed surviving Bauhaus weavers and their students, and she collected photographs--many of them rare--to illustrate nearly every page of this handsome work. --Maria Dolan


Clearly, the author has set the record straight: Bauhaus weaving stands proudly with the achievements of 20th-century art. -- Christian Science Monitor

Extremely handsome with brilliant color plates and extensive technical information....An invaluable tool for future scholars. -- Women's Review of Books

Extremely handsome...an invaluable tool for future scholars. -- Women's Review of Books

Opens up design vistas by capturing the spirit of the school's weaving workshop, one almost exclusively ruled by women. -- Booklist

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliantly written book focussing on the often overlooked question of how the women accepted into Bahaus developed professionally, and the limitations that were placed upon them, despite the ostensible "equality" that Bahaus proposed. There are copious black and white photographic reproductions of the textile work developed both during study, and during subsequent careers. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in textile design, and it is really required reading for anyone who wants to round out their knowledge of the institution. However, it's not a pretty picture book of textiles - better quality images would have made it 5 stars for me.
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By 2crazy4books2 on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
bauhaus textiles

women artists and the weaving workshop

sigrid wortmann weltge

220 illustrations 122 in color


softcover - 208 pages





the weimar years

the gender issue

gunta stolzl

the question of identity

the weaving workshop and johannes itten

georg muche and the 1923 bauhaus exhibition

the dessau years

dessau - a new direction

from craft to industry

bauhaus fabrics

the purge

the legacy

a new frontier

the legacy

bauhaus style






this is an extraordinary book and a must have for all weavers, fiber artists, textile designers
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