Bauhaus Textiles

Vivid abstract patterns, rich colors and textures characterize the textiles produced at the Bauhaus. Items produced included wall hangings, sofa covers and tablecloths.

A number of factors combined to achieve this uniqueness. First the preliminary course which trained the students in observation, material sensitivity and appreciation.

Second was the desperate shortage of raw materials. Formal instruction was out of the question so creativity and non-traditional teaching became the standard. Scraps of material were collected from the townspeople and a great deal of applique work was done.

The third factor was inspiration from contemporary abstract paintings. Each textile was considered its own story.