Friday, May 1, 2009

Humble Fabric Takes Center Stage

Humble Fabric Takes Center Stage
By ROBERTA SMITH
An illuminating exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum focuses on felt's many purposes and countless pleasures. Felt’s history began 8,000 years ago, before the earliest forms of weaving. Created from animal wool, soap and water and mashed into pulp, felt is then dried and made into everything from caps to rugs and capes to yurts.