Soviet Deco Textiles

There were some amazing textiles created in the late 1920s and very early 1930s in Soviet Russia, particularly between about 1927 and 1930. I have been collecting a file as I come across samples online:

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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7 Responses to Soviet Deco Textiles

  1. Hari says:

    Thankyou! I never fail to be inspired by your posts. I don’t think I have stopped to take the time to tell you, to my shame, so I’m telling you now 🙂 Thankyou for so generously sharing your knowledge and passions and damn fine taste. These are fantastic.

  2. Aida Adylova says:

    Thank you very much! So existing to see this post. USSR City of Ivanovo known to be the textile center supplying all country. Cotton was imported from Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Actually as you mentioned 1920-30s have been most successful decade for Soviet TextIle Being Recognized WITH Gold Medal In France. Some more links

    • Jonathan says:

      Thanks for the links. Do examples of these textiles show up in the vintage market in Russia? I imagine they must be very collectable.

      • Aida Adylova says:

        I have checked all auction houses in Russia for Soviet avangard textile being sold in past and no results. From my understanding it’s not been mass produced and once swatches and samples been shown to the world they got back into fabric museums. However what has been mass produced for regular people has been reporpused during WW2 like many other great vintage pieces.Nowadays Russian textile and vintage clothing market has not much to offer. History of this country plays a big role of preserving anything especially textile or fashion related items. You might be familiar with russian fashion historian A.Vasiliev he has a biggest private collection of soviet, pre 1917 Russian pieces always displayed in different countries.
        Also thanks to Nazim Mustafaev, shoes collector who mentioned your website so I came accross your Web work. So exited to read all you have here.
        Thank you!

        • Jonathan says:

          That’s a shame they are so rare to find today. I wonder if anyone has thought about reproducing them for today’s market? I met Alexander Vassiliev over twenty years ago when he came to Toronto. He showed a natural ability with understanding textiles. I have been fortunate to know Nazim Mustafaev for years because when his Shoe Icons site was still quite new he was extremely generous in helping me with my first book on shoes, which was published 10 years ago. The collection he has built over the past 15 years is phenomenal – it is an internationally important collection now that I hope to see some day!

          • Aida says:

            It’s should be financially benefitting an investor to reproduce this fabrics. Unless someone finds this extreamly important or beneficial let say goverment ot big buck company its not happening. Just hope with overall interest in everything old and vintage maybe they ll come back to live. So good to hear from you back. I admire your job and research. Hope to meet you and see your museum.
            Thank you for responding to me.

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