Trachten featured in the May issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Digging in the archives of the historical collection of the Textile Museum, Studio Formafantasma came across the the Driessen collection and was inspired to create a series of custom-made silks for a group show. The Driessen collection is composed of numerous textile-related books, notebooks, material samples and printing experimentations collected by various generations of Driessen’s family members and colourists working for the company. One focus of their research was investigating Turkish or madder red.
The so-called Turkish red, a particularly vibrant tone of red sourced from madder roots, is in fact one of the most researched colours in the history of textiles. First developed in India and later expanded to Greece and Turkey, its bright tones have intrigued different cultures, becoming one of the first examples of globalization. Drawing inspiration both from the Driessen collection and the history of Turkish red, Studio Formafantasma has designed a series of 17 silk textiles which are dyed with madder roots in collaboration with a German colourist.
The design of the silks features patterns from Driessen’s books and other visual elements as a reference to the history of Turkish red. Traditional design elements such as colour and texture are used as tools to both testify the work of the Driessen’s family and to evoke the symbolic, economic and social impact of the Turkish red in history.
Other projects by Studio Formafantasma are featured in following Gestalten books: My Green City, Eat Out!, Illusive 2, Once Upon a Chair, and Lemon Poppy Seed.
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Trachten on DB mobil. “Das Buch ist eine Hommage an fast vergessene Traditionen vieler deutscher Regionen. Wie ein Farbrausch, prunkvoll und überwältigend, ziehen die Bilder den Betrachter in den Bann.”
Trachten featured in the April 17 edition of Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Trachten spielen wieder eine Rolle in der Mode: weil sie für Ursprünglichkeit stehen und ein wenig Weltflucht. (Dieser) Bildband feiert die Kleider-Kunstwerke…Eine Augenweide.”
Trachten in the April 19 edition of Welt am Sonntag. “Der Modefotograf Gregor Hohenberg reiste fünf Jahre lang durch Deutschland, um Menschen in Trachten zu porträtieren. Seine Bilder zeigen eine erstaunliche Vielfalt der Formen, Schnitte und Verzierungen – und sie erzählen von hoher Handwerkskunst.”
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