Beacon Hill pairs ancient Eastern tradition with modern design
Retail Editor 1 -- Home Textiles Today, January 20, 2014
New York - Beacon Hill looked to the East, exploring the Guizhou region of China, to create its new Festival Outdoor collection of rugs.
The Sunbrella-made fabrics draw inspiration from the "intricate details, lush colors, and rich artistry for which the Miao and Gejia people of Guizhou are known," the company explained.
The collection interprets Guizhou textile craftsmanship on Sunbrella fabrics.
Beacon Hill vp Alexis Audette elaborated: "The ethnic groups of Guizhou have no written language. Their costumes give voice to their stories and serve as living visual cultures."
The Guizhou regional groups employ a range techniques when making textiles, including weaving, embroidery, appliques, patchwork, batik, metal gimp and a mix of natural and chemical dyes to give a full rainbow of colors.
Among the rugs in Beacon Hill's Festival Outdoor collection:
Mei Festival, inspired by the batik design on a festival jacket, displays an abstract butterfly, the Miao symbol of spring and rebirth.
Kaili Solid takes its inspiration from the same festival jacket as Mei Festival. Kaili Solid is a grass-cloth texture that reflects the jacket's rustic quality.
Niu Fret is based on an embroidered apron. The original document mixes floral and geometric motifs, with the flowers symbolizing abundance and beauty of life.
Armor Lattice is derived from a Gejia baby carrier with batik and embroidery.
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