We asked Tilburg artist Sigrid Calon to design a new series of tea towels for our own interior label by TextielMuseum. Assisted by a team of textile specialists, she set to work in the museum's TextielLab.
The result? A series of three tea towels that reference the city’s long textile history. The series pays tribute to weaving, the technique that once made the Tilburg textile industry great. Inspired by authentic Tilburg weaves from the museum collection, Calon created a contemporary interplay of texture and colour – a genuine Tilburg souvenir!
“Being able to immerse myself in the museum’s archive and find inspiration in the old Tilburg weaving books was a real treat.”
- Sigrid Calon
38 weaves in one tea towel
The tea towels were made using no less than 38 different weaves, including several from the historical Tilburg weaving books and a number she developed herself. The frayed edge at both ends of the tea towel was deliberately left unfinished, so you can see exactly which yarns and colours were used and where. Hang the towel up any way you like – both sides are an eye-catcher in the kitchen.
About Sigrid Calon
Calon's career began in Tilburg, where she studied at the Academy for Visual Education. She is still based in Tilburg. Over the years, she has developed a distinct graphic style, playing with abstract shapes in various techniques. Her work was featured in a solo exhibition in De Pont museum and has been acquired by several museums including the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk museum and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.