Helsinki: Designmuseo, 2009.
295 pp. 8.5 x 10 Hardback in New condition. Item #BOOKS010451I
The Design Museum, Helsinki collection of ryijy. Fully illustrated in color. English/Finnish text. "The art ryijy has played an important role in the history of Finnish design. This book contains a great deal of new information about ryijys as collectibles and about the relationship between the Finnish people and this particular form of textile. It also presents the stately ryijy collection of the Design Museum Helsinki. The ryijy, or ryijy-rug, is equated with the Finnish identity more clearly than any other type of artefact, despite the fact that it is an interior textile of relatively wide distribution with a long history in different parts of the world. The “art ryijy” has also played an important role in the history of applied art in Finland. The Liekki ( Flame ) ryijy designed by Akseli Gallen-Kallela for the Paris World´s Fair of 1900 became a symbol of Finland, and alongside glass and ceramics, woollen ryijys employing colouristic effects achieved renown in international exhibitions of applied art and design during the 1950s and 1960s.There is considerable interest today in Finnish ryijys both in Finland and abroad. Collectors are acquiring old folk ryijys along with an increasing number of designer ryijys. The technique of ryijy-making has grown interest both as an artistic medium, and as a popular Finnish pastime, and it has led many people to develop their skills in weaving or sewing ryijys." -.