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RISD Visits Pollack
 
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Thursday May 07, 2015
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Rhode Island School of Design textile students came to the design studio last week to talk with Rachel about the industry and how it all works once you're out of school. Rachel also presented our most recent Rise and Shine collection and there were definitely lots of 'oohs and ahhs' happening! Our kind of audience! 

Thanks for joining us, RISD!


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TAGS:  RISD, Textile students, Rise and Shine, Pollack Studio
 
 
Ancient Archives
 
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Tuesday April 28, 2015
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Last week Chase, Molly and Rachel visited one of our favourite domestic partners. While down there, they got to look through their French archives consisting of stacks and piles of fabrics both paper and woven, dating back to the beginning of the century. Our design team was in awe!

Warp bobbins as far as the eye can see! These yarns are on a structure called a creel which holds the bobbins while a giant warp is being spun. 

Rainbow warp yarns running off the creel to the velvet loom.

Jacquard loom.


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TAGS:  MTL, velvet, jacquard, ancient archives, pollack studio
 
 
Checking In With Liz Collins
 
 
Wednesday October 22, 2014
POSTED BY: AlexandraB
 

Here are some cool images of some of Liz's development with the mill that weaves our Aphrodite and Zeus

Liz with Paola from the mill. 

Liz and Rachel hanging out

 


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TAGS:  Liz Collins, knitting, yarn, color, Zeus, Aphrodite
 
 
Blending Old + New: Priya
 
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Thursday September 11, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno
 

Straddling both the ancient and the modern worlds, our Priya is a lavishly embellished cloth. Here are some images to show how it's made!

The Pollack studio's CAD artwork, after being hand drawn

On a natural linen ground, wide bands of machine embroidery use eight colors of lustrous thread to embroider intricate vertical stripes. The fabric is then transported to a small, traditional block-printing studio, where an individual artisan carefully positions a hand-carved wooden block, over and over again, to complete the simple printed columns that separate the embroidery.

The wood block that was created for Priya

Block print registration

The completed textile comes in three colorways; silver jewelry, peacock and sari.

         


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TAGS:  Priya, India, wood block, printing, handmade, machine embroidery, linen, jaipur
 
 
Deity: 60 Pairs Of Hands
 
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Tuesday August 19, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department
 

Our new handmade fabric, Deity, honors three traditional textile crafts of India - Patola cutwork, Kantha embroidery and Shisha embroidery - distilling centuries of hand skills into the lengthy and painstaking steps that go into its production. To produce this incredible cloth, the Pollack studio worked closely with a woman from Delhi named Priyae Talwar. Priyae works with craftspeople from different regions to promote and sustain their native textile traditions. Deity is the culmination of 60 pairs of hands!

Here is a picture of a jali screen and it's shadows that the girls snapped on their trip - part of the inspiration for Deity

 

1. Delhi: The studio of Priyae Talwar finalizes Deity’s concept and design, and supervises all stages of production.

2. Varanasi: The traditional silk and cotton ‘Patola’ cutwork layer (pictured below) is woven and hand-clipped by groups of villagers in this ancient city. 

3. Delhi: The cutwork is sent to the studio in Delhi for additional clipping, inspection and cleaning; it is then basted to the silk ground cloth.

4. Rajasthan and West Bengal: In these western and eastern Indian states, groups of women gather in workers’ homes to sew the parallel rows of ‘Kantha’ running stitch embroidery.

5. Delhi: The layered and embroidered fabric returns to the studio for inspection.

6. West Bengal: The ‘Shisha’ mirrors are embroidered with hand-guided machines in this eastern Indian state.

7. Delhi: The completed fabric returns to the studio to be cleaned, ironed, packed and shipped to Pollack.

 


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TAGS:  Deity, Jaipur collection, India, shisha, kantha
 

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