Object of the Day

I Can Weave with Anything
Designer Suzanne Tick turns trash into textile treasures.
No-waste Cotton Cape
Japanese resourcefulness embodied in a nineteenth-century cloak.
73..2009 Matt Flynn 006
Reclaiming Paper and Textiles
A wall paper made of recycled newspaper and nylon.
A Textile Collage
Designed by Reiko Sudo, one of Japan's most important contemporary textile designers.
Darning Sampler
When we talk about sustainability, why don't we talk about mending?
Life of a Jamdani
How textiles for saris are made and remade.
Rectangular gray recorder with microphone attached by cord; disks. Recorder has controls in red, black, and metal with white text: “B”, “L”, and “C”. In relief: “EDISON”; “VOICEWRITER”; “Thomas A. Edison”.
Take a Memo
This Voicewriter dictation machine, commonly known as a “dictaphone,” was produced throughout the 1950s by Thomas A. Edison, Inc. The 1953 model in the Cooper Hewitt’s collection represents one moment in the long evolution of the dictation machine, which began when Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. The inherent competition to dictation machines, in the form of the pesky human...
Katagami, Arrow Design Imitating Warp Ikat (kasuri), late 19th–early 20th century; Japan; cut mulberry paper treated with persimmon tannin and silk thread; 46.7 x 34 cm (18 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.) Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.); Gift of Helen Snyder; 1976-103-289
Pattern Papers
The word katagami, the Japanese term for the paper stencil used to print patterns on fabric, translates literally as “pattern paper.” Featuring designs and motifs drawn from nature, traditional folklore, and literature, katagami are crafted as tools to be used in the resist-dyeing process that is used to produce printed textiles in Japan. The patterns...
An Inspired Pot
This Jardinière was made of faïence, the French term for tin-glazed earthenware based on the name of a town in Italy-Faenza, with which its production is associated from the Middle ages and before. This example is from Moustiers, France, a town in the Alpine area in the southeast of France, where faïence has been made...