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Brief Published: 15 Mar 2013

Studio Formafantasma: BTMM1514 (Turkish Red)


Italian design brand Studio Formafantasma has unveiled its latest research initiative; a series of 17 silk scarves featuring patterns and colours that reference the history of a natural red pigment known as Turkish Red.

The project is currently on display as part of a group exhibition titled Turkish Red & More, held at the Textiel Museum in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Studio Formafantasma’s project BTMM1514 is inspired by the museum's own Driessen collection – a large series of textile-related books, material samples and print experimentations from around the world exploring colour and recipes with a particular focus on the colour red.

The title BTMM1514 refers to the way books are numbered in the museum’s archives, as the 17 silks are themselves designed as the pages of a book, with a front and back cover. Patterns on each fabric further reference the history of Turkish Red, a strong red pigment extracted from the root of the Madder plant. First developed in India, it was later produced in Greece and Turkey. “Its bright tones have intrigued different cultures, becoming one of the first examples of globalisation,” state the designers.

Turkish Red & More is showing until May 26 2013. Read more about designers’ continued fascination with red and natural methods of colouring in the Stylus report Alternative Dyeing.

Textiel Museum

Studio Formafantasma