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Gali Cnaani’s Textile Art


For the Israeli textile artist Gali Cnaani, the act of weaving must begin by unravelling. In her works, she starts by selecting second-hand garments that attract her visual attention. Her intervention begins by unravelling and deconstructing the seams and weaving, until the threads are loose. In a complex technique she developed, Cnaani then re-weaves the garments into a new fabric. The outcome is a distorted grid, a meticulously crafted homage to the tradition of textile-making.

I was caught courious by her studies in Japan, (graduation in 2000) Kanazawa College of Art and Design, and a consequent solo exhibition at a Gallery in Kyoto: it is very close to my personal experience (a short scholarship at Task, Traditional Art Superior College in Sonobe-Kyoto) and I totally found my memories of japanese countryside’s slow time in her art pieces, understanding the sense of ‘unravelling’ fabric, but also cultures and paths.

She reminded me a lot also about Faustine Steinmetz who is launching incredible unravelling concepts every season.

Cnaani’s work is a complex and well-crafted comment on the reality of textile production today. Her raw materials are industrial clothes, anonymous garments made in factories somewhere around the world. In her work, she adds to the ready-made items the personal touch of hand-made garments.

She recovers the manual weaving techniques that were left out of the contemporary processes of textile production. In that way, she wrote in the catalogue of her solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2013), the return to tradition is also a path towards innovation. To find her own viewpoint, she has to deconstruct the original fabric and recreate it in her own hands. At the same time, she insists on maintaining a close link with the original garment: if the unravelling process would go too far, only a pile of threads would remain.

text from Maison d’Exceptions

juliana de nicola. Senior Fashion and Art Editor
Juliana is an italian-austrian artist and designer. After academical art-studies and fashion Ba she started working as a free-lance in fashion business covering different roles to feed her curiosity, while her personal projects are growing out of her mouth and ears restless. She was born in Vienna in the past century, loves her savage dogs, lives now in Florence, and travels every time she can.



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