Posted by john lercari on 6/5/2020 to Photo Blankets
Photo blankets enjoy a history that dates back to the history of clothing itself. For thousands of years, people from different civilizations around the world used picture blankets as a medium of communication through storytelling, glorification of the dead, and a widely honored form of art.
Photo blankets were produced in prehistoric Egypt by weaving colored threads with an occasional hint of gold into linen fabrics or by using inks and dyes to paint a papyrus cloth. A finished blanket would often exhibit pictures to narrate stories, admire prominent personalities or revere one of their multiple cultural deities.
Picture blankets are reported to be used in the Southwestern United States by the Navajo people. The tribes used special Mexican indigo dye along with other vegetable extracts to color multi-ply yarns woven together into three different types of blankets: a serape, which was longer than its width and was used to drape the body; a saddle blanket, which was used under a horse’s saddle for extra softening of the seat, and a chief’s blanket that was used to cover the shoulders by being wider than its length.
Photo blankets traveled to Nepal to be used by prestigious rug makers as luxury decorative pieces. Luxurious silk, premium wool and high quality hemp defined their beautiful works of art. Using vertical looms and naturally dyed fibers, Nepalese carpet weavers used several different types of knots to contribute to a softer and intricate finish.
For hundreds of years, Indonesian and African tribes have resorted to a technique called Batik to produce elaborate patterns and pictures on blankets and other fabrics. This dye and resist technique has become one of the most popular medium of expressing South East Asian cultural and spiritual values over the past two or three centuries. Picture blankets made using Batik are still widely used as form of historical storytelling and cultural heritage.
Contemporary Asian cultures have used woven and printed photo blankets for similar purposes, using gold and other valuable metals to embellish cloths and covers. As a significant creative art, picture blankets convey the cultural history and myths through pictures and iconography. All over history, picture blankets have served as a key to emotional communication, tradition, and decoration. With the passage of time, photo blankets have evolved to incorporate modern techniques and professional manufacturing; however, the principal meaning behind them remains unchanged. Photo blankets are still widely used to display momentous photos that represent significant memories, reveal history and blend comfort with emotional expression.
Users can further customize photo blankets by adding text or symbols to convey a personal message or enhance its narrative aspect.