“dotted, striped, thin, wide, delicate and light. staring at these lines, it all comes back to me. i remember where i met them outside. in nature, the paths and roads, in all sorts of shapes and forms. lines that then turn into scattered sketch pages, while i weave line by line, stroke by stroke.”
i can’t remember where i first discovered “woven textile design” or “adama aruga” meaning “woven soil” in hebrew. probably on instagram. what i do know is from the first moment i stepped into efrat elezraki’s earthy world i couldn’t stop admiring the mad talent and massive labor that goes to each and every scarf that comes out of her hands and looms. i admire the fact that efrat doesn’t think much about trends and being current. she is more concerned with feelings and memories of being surrounded by nature and the vibe that comes with living by the desert in the south of israel.
when you look at her patterns and textures, you can’t miss her connection to the slow movement that surrounds her everyday life.
i was surprised to learn that efrat doesn’t fully know what will be the end result of her weaving efforts. she can control the material (may it be bamboo, merino wool or organic cotton), the knots, textures and colors of the textile but after she finishes the weaving part and taking all the hours and day dreams spent by that loom, the textile gets washed in 40 to 60 degrees and only then it gets its final shape. a shape which efrat describes as a happy surprise, since it’s always different from the raw shape of the textile. the fact that in the process efrat also combines working with hand-loom and an industrial-loom, jumping in and out of ancient and traditional craft and into technology gives her creations a hold in both worlds. worlds that we don’t see often enough, exist so peacefully.
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