New York exhibition opening: “Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory”


Readers in the New York area will be interested to know that the exhibition “Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory” is showing at The Puffin Room, 435 Broome Street, New York, until mid October. The exhibition will tour throughout the US until 2008 – a list of locations can be found by scrolling down here and the excellent catalogue is available online.


Kevin Sudeith ( and Curator Ariel Zeitlin Cooke in the exhibition.

Ariel writes:

the exhibition features a dazzling display of war textiles–Afghan war rugs, Hmong story cloths, Chilean and Peruvian arpilleras and South African memory cloths, all of which bear witness to the artists’ experience of modern warfare. This is a wonderful moment for me, as I have worked on the project for more than 15 years.

The exhibition has been reviewed in the online version of Hali magazine.

There are some photographs from the exhibition opening with distinguished guest Hmong story cloth artist Pang Xiong Sirirasathuk Sikounat at Kevin Sudeith’s blog.

One of the most striking war rugs (among many of interest) was the prayer rug from the collection of Bruce Baganz. You can find other images of the exhibition pieces on Kevin’s blog…


3 Responses to “New York exhibition opening: “Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory””

  1. Luca Brancati Says:

    We lost the snaps of the opening: could you publish them again? I saw a bag (jawall) standing on the floor, and I wonder if you have some better photos. You are doing a great job, visiting all the known world collections. Ciao. Luca

  2. Zoe Bowman Says:

    Links have now been restored, and an extra link to Kevin Sudeith’s images from the exhibition added.

  3. Ariel Zeitlin Cooke Says:

    Mr. Brancati,
    I am so pleased that you are interested in my show as I have long been an admirer of your own work. .

    I bought the bag in question from Will Powers, a jeweler in New Mexico with an extraordinary collection of war rugs, now alas broken up as Will died early of complications from diabetes. The late George O’Bannon said it was part camel-hair and had been made in Afghanistan in the early 1980s. It’s made in mixed rug-weaving techniques (slightly raised motifs). Will also had a pair of amazing jeep trappings with tanks on them that were lost when his collection was broken up.

    Do let me know if you would like a catalogue of Weavings of War.
    With all best wishes,
    Ariel Cooke

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