Alke Schmidt Tangled Yarns


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Tangled Yarns explores the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, from the 18th century to the present day.

Each work examines a different episode in the industry's complex - and often brutal – history, combining found fabrics with painting, stitch or print. Using both narrative and more abstract approaches, Schmidt reveals how the trade is intertwined with issues of race and gender, exploitation and violence.

The earliest story is that of the violent campaign by English weavers against imported Indian cotton in the early 18th century, when gangs attacked women wearing patterned cotton gowns or petticoats.

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