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Fashioning Felt

Image courtesy Cooper-Hewitt
Image courtesy Cooper-Hewitt
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, 10128

This exhibition will explore the varied new uses of felt—an ancient material, believed to be one of the earliest techniques for making textiles. Made by matting together wool fibers with humidity and friction, felting requires little technological expertise and is an extremely versatile material. The exhibition will begin with historic examples of felts, showcase innovations in handmade felts, and feature contemporary uses of industrial felt in a range of fields, including product design, fashion, architecture, and home furnishings. The exhibition is being organized by Susan Brown, assistant curator, Textiles.

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