The Common Thread

The Warp and Weft of Thinking

Why are the principles for the first computer based on a loom? Why do so many maths teachers in Peru come from the families of weavers? What meanings lie behind the language of textile idioms?

Threads, materials and patterns are taken for granted as a natural part of our daily life. Around the world, textile ideas and terms inform our language, narratives, stories and myths. Making textiles also stimulates our spatial and mathematical thinking.

Taking the Weltkulturen Museum’s textile collections from the Americas, South East Asia, Oceania and Africa as a basis, THE COMMON THREAD reflects on and presents the culturally diverse techniques of textile production. This publication takes an interdisciplinary perspective from cultural anthropology, philosophy to contemporary music and art to offer a deeper insight into the topics addressed in the exhibition.

With contributions by artists and scholars: Max Carocci, Maren Gebhardt, Shan Goshorn, William Ingram, Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Dagmar Schweitzer de Palacios, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Sarah Sense, Jens Soentgen, Ruth Stützle Kaiser, Rangi Te Kanawa and Tim Zahn.

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The Common Thread

November 2016

ISBN 978-3-7356-0268-8

16,8 × 23 cm

288 Pages

70 colored illustrations

Gatefold Brochure, bound

German Edition: ISBN 978-3-7356-0267-1

Languages: English

Editor
Vanessa von Gliszczynski, Eva Ch. Raabe, Mona Suhrbier

Text by
Max Carocci, Maren Gebhardt, Shan Goshorn, William Ingram, Gerhard Müller-Hornbach, Dagmar Schweitzer de Palacios, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Sarah Sense, Jens Soentgen, Ruth Stützle Kaiser, Rangi Te Kanawa, Tim Zahn.

Design by
U9 visuelle Allianz, Offenbach/Main

Events
Exhibition: “The Common Thread. The Warp and Weft of Thinking”, November 17, 2016 – August 27, 2017, Weltkulturen Museum Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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