New Textures Made in Fabrics
The New York Sun
Saturday February 5 1938
Peri-Umaña Bases Inspiration
on Native Weaving Found in Coumbia.
Hand-woven fabrics created
by Peri-Umaña, shown at the Delphic Studio until February 21, offer
many decorative suggestions for highly individual drapery and upholstery
wide range of working materials represents a challenge to the hand weaver's
imagination and it is the task of the creative artist to assemble these
media in a maner which interpets the present time. Rather than striving
for effective designs, since the had loom naturally has it limits, the
Peri-Umaña fabrics rely on clever combinations in media and on
subtle blending of colors for artistic results.
effects and soft textures are predominant, sometimes broken up by diamond
plaids or stripes. A particularly decorative fabric apears in a brilliant
yellow with a subtle red undertone. Cellophane and gold interwoven in
a white soft texture is another stunning cloth. Interesting strips are
devloped by weaving in silk soutache braids as in a brown and rose drapery
material with lace like spaces. Gold braid is likewise used to lend
elegance to a soft white fabric.
variety of technics employed represents an accumulation of Mr. Umaña's
experience in weaving from his native Colombia, where it is handicraft
practiced in every home, to his studies in the Royal Factories of Tapestry
Weaving in Madrid. In his studio at 48 East Ninth street he executes
a wide selection of textiles for architects and interior designers who
seek original creations to carry out hteir special requirements.