Silks | Jean-Léon Gérôme

Silks | Jean-Léon Gérôme

Since I've taken on a more sustainable approach to buying clothing, I tend to avoid polyester whenever I can. Not just for the significant environmental implications (polyester is plastic), but because I believe that quality textiles are as important to the overall beauty and luxury of a garment as the design is. The French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, who created numerous Orientalist works inspired by his travels throughout the Middle East and North Africa, produced a number of paintings in which textiles featured predominantly. His treatment of silks (and a velvet) is a delight, and a reminder of the beauty and intricacy of the fabrics we wear. Oh, to spend just a day cloaked in that embroidered silk jacket! One can always dream...

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Marchand Ambulant au Cairo | 1869

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Via Sotheby's Auction House

P.S. Is this street vendor in Cairo carrying the same silk jacket worn by the young solider in the feature image?!?! 

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Moorish Bath | 1870

Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Woman from Cairo, Smoking a Cigarette | 1882

Via Wikipedia

Via Wikipedia

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The Almeh | 1873

The Almeh

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Markos Botsaris | 1874

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Via Wikipedia

Feature image: Bashi-Bazouk | 1868 via The Met

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