Posted by Mary Jaeger on 3rd Sep 2023


In May 2023, I traveled along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan. The journey between caravanserais, ancient walled cities and bustling village markets lead to myriad ikat and suzani textile studio visits to see hand-made fabrics being created using age-old techniques. Immersed in the rich and varied cultures of Central Asia, this link connecting east to west, deepened and enhanced my understanding of geometric and nature-inspired motifs, specific color relationships and how fabrics were designed, made and used in this area.

These experiences offered the opportunity to step into new territory, encouraging me to combine my own shaped-resist dyed textiles with vintage and contemporary Uzbekistan suzanis and ikats. For this exhibition, I created a series of coats and interior wall panels that cross cultural barriers combining a variety of materials using layering, quilting and applique methods.

Each coat and wall panel is hand-embroidered with one of my Words of Hope: Love Joy Peace Courage Happiness Empathy Compassion. These messages encourage the wearers and viewers to be conscious of their own actions and communication skills, and to be aware of dismissive waste in our fragile world.

TANGLED: ROOTS GROW is an exhibition in conjunction with September 2023 New York Textile Month VIII

Exhibition Opening: Sunday, September 10, 2023  2-5 PM

Exhibition Dates: September 10-October 15, 2023

Hours: Monday-Friday 1 PM-5 PM  Kindly phone or email for an appointment

Bushwick Open Studio (BOS): September 23-24  noon-5 PM
Artist Talk: Sunday, September 24  3 PM

Mary Jaeger Atelier
219 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11206

Eve and the Snake Quilted Suzani Coat 

Accordion BonBon Silk Neckwrap