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From Paris– Fez Embroidery

August 6th, 2012

Daniel Pontius

These are two exquisite Fez embroideries I found in Paris. They are unique because of their dark blue color and  that they are larger complete pieces. The smaller of the two is fine example from the 19th century in tones of indigo and woad. It could be called architectural in the patterning. Several times the dealer told me  it is a classic design, “It’s in books!” she said. It has very fine stitching– the front and the back being the same, and if you embroidery, you know what talent that takes.

The second piece is from the 1940’s and is unusual in that it is an all over pattern, repeating the same motif. You can see the charming  –what you could call a conscious irregularity–  in the middle towards the right side where the motifs interconnect. This could be considered a  mistake, but it is most likely following the idea the only God is perfect. If you create a perfect textile you are saying you are like god. Therefore there is a conscious irregularity in the pattern to not be perfect.

Check out  some previous custom fez pillows I have made in the past.

For these two new Fez the question is…to cut or not to cut? I think for now these will be going up  for sale as is at PontiusSHOP later in the week.



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  1. debby stockton #
    July 10, 2013

    Are the Fez embroideries for sale? What is the price? Thanks, Debby Stockton

    • July 11, 2013

      He Debby,

      Yes the are for sale. Thanks for you inquiry. I will send you an email directly. Best, Daniel

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