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Soviet Textiles

by Pamela Jill Kachurin

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0878467033, Paperback)

Between 1927 and 1933, as the new Soviet Union emerged and the Communist party struggled to transform an agrarian country into an industrialized state, a group of young artists pitched in by designing fabrics depicting tractors, smokestacks and symbols of collective modernity, cloth with which to mold its buyers into ideal Soviet citizens. Few of these designs ever saw mass production, and the experiment failed as propaganda--comrades clung to their traditional floral motifs--but it yielded bold and intriguing new designs. Soviet Textiles: Designing the Modern Utopia presents some 40 of them, and analyzes the political and artistic context in which they were made. Pamela Jill Kachurin identifies major themes and motifs, including industrialization, transportation, electrification, youth, agriculture and collectivization, and sports and hobbies, and analyzes the work both as propaganda and as graphic art, in this, the only English-language book to treat them from that perspective.

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"Between 1927 and 1933, a fascinating experiment in textile making took place in the Soviet Union. As the new nation emerged and the Communist Party struggled to transform an agrarian country into an industrialized state, a group of young designers began to create thematic textile designs. They believed that by mass-producing fabrics depicting locomotives, factories, and other symbols of collective modernity for clothing and household use, they could mold the buyers into ideal Soviet citizens. While the experiment ultimately failed as propaganda (the ideal citizen clung to their tradition floral motifs), it yielded many bold and intriguing new designs." "Soviet Textiles: Designing the Modern Utopia presents some forty of these textiles and discusses the political and artistic contexts that gave rise to them. Author Pamela Jill Kachurin identifies major themes and motifs that permeate the designs: industrialization, transportation, electrification, youth, agriculture and collectivization, and sports and hobbies. In the final account, few of these designs ever saw mass production; but their graphic power - and their value as elements of artistic and social history - is undiminished."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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