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  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hicks, Sheila, born 1937 (designer)
    Comtrust India (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk on mounting board

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Square of woven silk fabric, very thick and chunky, in hot pink and purple with touches of burnt-orange. On mounting board.

Place of Origin

India (made)


1970 (made)


Hicks, Sheila, born 1937 (designer)
Comtrust India (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Woven silk on mounting board

Object history note

Part of Sheila Hicks Studio Loan Box T.504:1 to 17-1998.

Historical context note

TEXT ON T.504:1-1998:
Among world civilisations, those of ancient Peru were probably the only ones which availed themselves to the full extent of the latencies in textile arts. Not only did they succeed like others in elaborating richly decorated surfaces, but they were unique in making bas-relief and even sculpture out of threads.

Overcoming the neglect and the oblivion in which these incomparable works have fallen, Sheila Hicks has retrieved and assimilated their tradition while marrying it felicitously to others such as those of Persia and India. Far from copying them, she has renewed them by original discoveries which appropriate them to the raw materials, the techniques and the aspirations of our time.

Her wall hangings have the living warmth and the thickness of fleece; their complex structure and their shadows seem to chisel out perspectives attributable only to dream palaces; they offer the mellow depth, radiance and mystery of the starry sky.

Nothing better than this art could provide altogether the adornment and the antidote for the functional, utilitarian architecture in which we are sentenced to dwell. It enlivens it with the dense, patient work of human hands and the inventive charms of a creative mind constantly stimulated by experiencing the gamut of those new materials which modern industry supplies, experiencing the gamut of those new materials which modern industry supplies, while remaining faithful to the immemorial rules of the most ancient perhaps of all the arts of civilisation.

Claude Lévi-Strauss

TEXT ON T.504:2-1998
Sheila Hicks:
1937 born in Hastings, Nebraska. 1953-59, studies at Yale University with Josef Albers and George Kubler. Fulbright to Chile (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador) "Pre-Incaic Textiles". 1960-63 lives and works with apiculturist in Guerrero, Mexico. 1964 moves to Paris. 1966 begins weaving in Kerala, India. 1967 enlarges scale of work to make thread bas-reliefs for architectural contexts. Creates ATELIER DES GRANDS AUGUSTINS in Paris and TALLER ARTESANAL HUAQUEN COOPERATIVE in Chile. 1970 begins series of projects in Morocco.

Santiago, Chile '58
Souza, Mexico '62
Chicago Art Institute '63
Lands Museum, Oldenburg '65
Prague '68
Brest Museum '70
Museum of Modern Art, NYC '62, '67 and '69
Stedlyk Museum (Stedelijk Museum ) Amsterdam '69
Lausanne Tapestry Biennale '67, '69, '71.

Permanent Installations:
Ford Foundation NYC
T.W.A. Kennedy NYC
Camino Real, Mexico
Conference Centre of Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Rothschild Bank, Paris
AIR France, 8 of the 747 jets.
Dupont in Wilmington
Banco de Mexico
IBM France
M.G.I.C. in Milwaukee
Prefecture, Val de Marne

Descriptive line

Square of woven silk fabric on mounting board, designed by Sheila Hicks, made by Comtrust India, India, 1970


Mounting board; Silk (textile)






Textiles and Fashion Collection

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